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Dr Olive Kobusingye – The Correct Line | Anti-Museveni Book Now on Makerere Must-Read List |

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Posted February 9, 2014 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Book Review ~ 3,758 views

     

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Prof Joe Oloka-Onyango has made Dr Olive Kobusingye’s book, The Correct Line? Uganda Under Museveni, required reading for his Constitutional Law class at the School of Law in Makerere University.

Oloka-Onyango, a former Dean of Faculty of Law and current director of the Human Rights and Peace Centre (HURIPEC), made the pronouncement on November 5 at Makerere University where Dr Kobusingye was speaking to a mostly student audience packed in one of the conference rooms in the Senate building.

“[The book] has a great deal to tell us about our history, and our present [state] as we head to elections. It’s a critique of those in power or even out of power, including the opposition who have failed to come together and confront the beast within us,” said Oloka-Onyango while explaining his decision.

The book assesses the ironies and contradictions of the Museveni regime since 1986 when he took power.

Oloka-Onyango, who has frequently criticised the regime, wrote the book’s foreword where he notes: “Kobusingye’s The Correct Line? exposes the soft underbelly of the Museveni regime in a manner that no journalistic or academic account has ever done.”

The distinguished professor revealed he agreed to write the book’s foreword because “it’s a testimony of the state we have arrived at today. People suspected of breaking our laws have become non-people. They’ve disappeared in safe houses. Twenty years after [Idi] Amin, we are back to square one.”

“As Museveni goes for his 6th term, we face a question of power, its use and misuse. We’re on our way to a life presidency that we thought we had left behind,” he said.

“We’ve allowed the complacency that now pervades Uganda. We complain it’s the people around Mzee [President Museveni] who are misleading him, who are corrupt. What have we done legally to challenge what we see going on?”

Kobusingye dedicates alot of space in Chapter Nine of her book to analyse the irony of the lack of safety in safe houses. In it, she details chilling accounts of brutality and torture inside the so-called safe houses. It’s the most emotive and difficult to read. It’s also the longest of all the 19 chapters, covering 21 pages.

Oloka-Onyango commended Kobusingye for letting her voice speak out loudly for all the oppressed people in Uganda.

He also demanded that government sets up a commission of inquiry into safe houses to establish how they came into being, where they are, who is held there and their fate, and who owns them.

Speaking against a backdrop of slides with images of paramilitary groups such as Kiboko Squad, the Army and the Police ruthlessly battering unarmed civilians on Kampala streets, Kobusingye denied again that the book is an attack on President Museveni timed to help the electoral fortunes of her brother, Dr Kizza Besigye.

“I don’t know enough about him to criticise or praise him,” she said. “It is Museveni the leader that is under the spotlight.”

As such, “the book is a commentary about Uganda, and what has happened to its people under the leadership of President Museveni; what has happened to their aspirations and hopes; what has happened to their attempts to exercise their rights and freedoms, which they were told by President Museveni are not a favour bestowed by any regime.”

She further said that while some things in Uganda are better than they were in 1986, “if we carry on down the same path on which we are, there is no question in my mind that we shall sooner rather than later be in the same place we were when President Museveni and his 27 colleagues, and a host of other brave Ugandans including my relatives, went to the bush to set things right.”

Challenged she was merely griping and furthering her brother’s personal vendetta against Museveni, Kobusingye’s voice broke as she reeled off a list of names of people who have lost their lives or loved ones for supporting opposition candidates and to whom justice is still a long way away.

“Remember that tonight when you go to bed, some Ugandans will be lying on the floor of a safe house in this city, unknown to the Police or judicial system.”

Source — Weekly Observer


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