Life under a dictatorship.
All Ugandans are prisoners. Those in exile are like runaway prisoners. They feel some relief but there is a pain in their hearts. They are forced to endure hardships, taunts, abuses etc. Runaway prisoners.
Those at home dare not enjoy any freedoms. They slave away. Receive poor services. Get over taxed and dare not complain when their labour outputs are abused or used to buy tools to oppress them further. A prison inmate has no rights.
The most amazing prisoners are those that once had vestiges of power. Take religious leaders. These have lost nearly all respect and hence authority. The day they accepted to change their authority for small comforts in life like cars. The day they failed to speak out against injustices. So they too watch helplessly as there are fed by goons on tear gas. They are forced to issue a funny statement or sing praises to the dictator.
Business owners and traders— their prison warder is URA. Enough said. They dare not talk. Dare not protest. As for market women, we have City Council or town council. If they don’t sing the praises of the dictator they are summarily finished.
The judiciary is prisoners. Can they dare give rulings as per their conscience? I often laugh at their pretence!
Then we have traditional rulers. Really? Rulers? Oh no, they too are prisoners. What kind of ruler are you when you can’t even control what you say or what you can’t say?
The mass media, these ones have been beaten, bribed, bought and forced to self-censor. The mass media like religious leaders, judiciary and traditional leaders have been forced to speak in whispers. The Ogen Kevin Aliro, Charles Onyango-Obbo type of journalists that you rushed to read their next independent article have either died or been zipped forever. No wonder TVO is the only one that we fellow prisoners look forward too to emerge with some investigative journalism and we are not even sure if its true or a rumour or educated guess!
Ministers? What power do they have? State House cleaners have more power than cabinet Ministers. Army Generals? Wapi? What power do they have? The police? Only Kayihura who is also a prisoner, by the way, can issue orders. And those too are orders from either Muhoozi or Museveni. The prison system!
The prisoners in NRM are even more comical. They have been kneeling. Soon they will be licking the shoes of everything that moves out of Statehouse. Prisoners can really behave funny.
All prisoners must work not only to break the chains but together shatter the prison walls! Period.
[20:09, 30/3/2016] Nicholas: Noted
[20:10, 30/3/2016] Ingrid: Welcome Joseph, Moz, and Sam. Tmro we spark a revolution. It’s Entirely possible peaceful but likely to be painful. Either way.. No turning back.
By Joseph Tumushabe.