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Letter from the Editor | Ronnie Mayanja | May 2011

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Posted May 1, 2011 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Editorial ~ 4,403 views

     


By Ronnie Mayanja | Editor, UNAA Times Online | Greetings my fellow countrymen, I must say that a lot has transpired this month on our continent of Africa that will perhaps not be forgotten for some years to come. It is beginning to look like the end of the road for many of Africa’s strong men. The revolution that started in North Africa is gathering steam and spreading down to sub-saharan Africa.

By now you all know that Gbagbo is history and that Ivory Coast is now but a shadow of it’s former self. However how can we forget that image showing Gbabgo’s end game and capture looking delusional like he was not sure whatever happened to him yet 800 people of his own countrymen lay dead after his standoff with Alassana Quattara the man many believed won the Presidential election run off last year. The question I was really dying ask was at what point do our African leaders get to know that its time to throw in the towel.

Africa’s longest serving leader Col. Muammar Qaddafi in power for 42 years is faced with a nation divided. Eastern Libya is under the control of the rebels who have established a rebel government in Benghazi with a new flag. Some Europeans powers like France and Italy have also recognised these rebels and sent diplomatic envoys. In essence the situation in Libya has degenerated from a stalemate to civil war that has resulted into a colossal loss of life. Some of the once vibrant cities have now been reduced to rubble after sustained heavy shelling that has left them battered beyond recognition.

Ugandans are also re-living their past horrors, I was not exactly sure what to think after looking at images showing the heavy deployment of the State security apparatus meted against the unarmed Ugandan opposition and the supporters of the Activists For Change who chose to ‘Walk To Work’ as a way to register their discontent for the rising food and fuel prices in the country.

The continuous arrest of opposition politicians especially FDC’s retired Col. Kizza’s Besigye’s treatment at the hands of the security personnel has left many incensed both at home and abroad. It is this type of conduct that is causing many to resurrect those bad memories associated with Uganda’s dark history.

In an age where u-tube, face book, i-reporters and an array of online media, its practically easy to get live breaking news updates instantly. But surprisingly the State has been fanning these channels with content that has exposed the government’s heavy handed approach in quelling protests. This has prompted the broadcasting council to impose some sort of censorship on social media and ban live broadcasts in Uganda.

How can we even expect the public to ever trust our police force again that has fed them tear gas daily and used live ammunition to quell peaceful protests. The militarization of the police force and the continued use of excessive force has hugely exacerbated this situation that was supposed to represent civil disobedience at what many felt were rising prices for essential goods and services. Our government should know that there is a big difference between being ‘ruled’ and being ‘governed’ and if the former is applied people will always rebel once they feel that their civil liberties have been violated.

The situation is now dire and slowly spiraling out of control largely because of what some have described as the culture of ‘orders from above’ and inflammatory statements made by some government officials that are sowing seeds of discord within the population creating a Public Relations nightmare for the government. Even apologists of this regime have been left dumbfounded by some of these actions.

When you bundle an opposition politician in a manner that shows that he has no human rights when only months ago he was a Presidential candidate who had over a million people cast their vote in his favor, you indirectly extend the same brutality to his supporters. This then creates a situation where reconciliation and healing become practically impossible and breeds a culture of revenge.

Amidst all these developments I found Prof. Mahmood Mamdani’s speech at the Rotary International District Conference in Munyonyo spot on in his analysis of the events surrounding the walk to work campaign. See link below http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/-/688334/1149498/-/c2moiiz/-/index.html

Uganda has made so much progress in terms of economic recovery but some of this stability is in danger of erosion if political scores and egos are not checked. Investors will think twice before committing their resources in such a volatile environment. With about two thirds of Uganda’s population composed of many unemployed young people, our leaders ought to redress these concerns by prioritizing resources in the badly needed sectors before the country is plunged into anarchy. The writing is on the wall and a determined young and unemployed population is a recipe for disaster! Whatever happened to the fundamental change and the ten point political programme that ushered in this government.

Oh Uganda may God uphold thee!!!!

Ronnie Mayanja
UNAA Times Online
www.unaatimes.com
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3 Comments


  1.  
    Sara S

    Very well written




  2.  
    roland

    MAGISTRATE JUSTINE ATUKWASA.

    YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO THE PROFESSION,JUSTICE SYSTEM,THE COUNTRY AND HUMANITY.

    WHO ARE YOU KIDDING PUTTING ON A SIDE SHOW THAT CAN ONLY BE REPLICATED IN MUSEVENI’S BANANA REPUBLIC?

    YOUR ACTIONS OF COLLUSION,COLLABORATION AND ACTING AS AN EXTENDED TOOL OF BRUTAL SUPPRESSION OF UGANDANS ARED DULY NOTED.




  3.  
    charlie muwonge

    well said and researched…





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