Why Many Law Abiding Ugandans Are Less Enthusiastic About The Elections!
It's sad what's being reported about the head of Mbabazi's security, Aine Christopher. Since his case is now a serious legal matter, I won't comment on that conjecture that much. But I'm still surprised that the Museveni govt are still underestimating the power of the social media. It took the police almost 24 hours to respond to Charles Rwomushana's photo of a dead Aine.
If anything happens to anybody even in the remotest of areas, the whole world would get to know about it in just seconds. All one needs is a camera phone, internet, and bang. And I think arresting Rwomushana and the Redpepper journalists has given this issue more international negative publicity than the govt needed during elections.
By the way,where in the Constitution does it give the police the authority to suspend the writ of habeas corpus(HP), because I understand a HP was produced by JPAM's lawyers as soon as Aine was arrested?
Generally speaking,It's clear as a bright summer day that Uganda wont be the same regardless of who wins this year's elections. I subscribe to the fact that government exists for me; if I don't like it, I have my elected representatives and my vote.But a lot of Ugandans I have spoken to believe that the winner of the elections has already been predetermined because he controls the whole electioneering process. And that's not a good feeling to be harboured by the majority of Ugandans( going by Besigye's crowds especially the latest in Mbale).
The Constitution is supposed to be the Supreme Law of the Land. If simple legislation runs afoul of the Constitution, it is negated. I have been reading in the newspapers reports of the incumbent and some of his supporters breaking election laws but the sheeple Electoral Commission and police just look on.
Uganda, like any other country, is not an entity. It is a collection of individuals, who have rights. When their collective rights are abridged, as a collection of many, by the "rights" of one, then that is a perversion and it has serious consequences. For instance, most believe they can get away with crime/s if they're Museveni supporters. Most in the opposition believe: if you're accused of a crime,you must be guilty...the trial, no matter the outcome, cannot affect that.It appears that majority of Ugandans have run out of arguments supporting the police and president Museveni. No wonder he's chickening out of the presidential debate: too many questions being asked and he can only give few answers!
Therefore,I don't think it's going too far to say that these kinds of things are the first straws in the wind of a coming revolution in the Uganda politics.Not sure 'revolution' is the right word because we have had it before in 1986, but when people start fearing to report anything to the police, then it all spills trouble for everybody.
Just sayin' for those who can read with eyes. Byebyo ebyange!
*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*
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"These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about death and the hereafter... I go somewhere to get something and then wonder what I'm here after."