“Making robberies into larcenies. Making rapes disappear. You juke the stats, and majors become colonels. I’ve been here before” – Roland ‘Prezbo’ Pryzbylewski (The Wire Season 4, Episode 8).
There are some of these days, when you wonder, when you really wonder, how far will the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni take it in defense of the actions and oppressive behaviour towards their dissidents. We can really wonder, because today, the Uganda Media Centre own leader Ofwono Opondo defended recent actions with a communique saying about Bobi Wine: “trying to get him off the hook by employing diversionary tactics in raising the tantalizing, although unproven, allegations of torture”.
That is the mere words of Opondo today, towards the brother from another Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine. That he wasn’t tortured, he just limping for fun and struggled to get medical treatment in United States. Just as publicity stunt, that is what Opondo is implying. This after keeping Bobi Wine incommunicado, keeping his detention a secret and criss-crossing him, charging a civilian in a military court. That is what this government has been doing, while tormenting and hurting him with all sort of evil means.
Therefore, Opondo is really just a voice of unreason, a voice of the ones making murders into accidents, robberies into larcenies and so on. Because, the state are saying the torture is not true. They are claiming that the words of Bobi Wine is baseless, that he was untouched as he came out of the womb like a baby. That he was as pure going into incommunicado as he came back to the public sphere. However, everything seen by the MP since the Arua By-Election is a man who has struggled and weaken by the torture done to him. Which we still cannot understand and know to what extent. Because the medical reports on him is not official and not released.
What is ridiculous about the Communique is that he attacks Amsterdam, the lawyer for claims of medical aspect, but at the same time before saying nothing happen. If your so defensive of saying the state didn’t torture the man, why are you in such a need to address the profession of his retained attorney? Aye?
Opondo, your not a doctor yourself, who claims it is all baseless, where you in the barracks or wherever the Special Force Command took Bobi Wine? No, your where chilling in stolen underwear in Kampala. Maybe, just maybe, have more basis for your defense next time.
My final salute to this gentlemen, the ills your government put on Bobi Wine will be released, sooner or later and the reality will hit the fan. That means you, Mr. Opondo. We don’t know to what extent you hurt the man, but we know you did and that shall have consequence, not only for Bobi Wine to answer in courts, but for all the gentlemen and the ones ordering it upon him. Because you are implying he a criminal for being tortured. Not the tortures who are doing evil. Just pound on that for a minute and know that your on the wrong side of the gun. Even my kind dies for being in that place, we rather that, then being the mischief who killed someone and later dismiss them as “terrorists”. Peace.