“A despot doesn’t fear eloquent writers preaching freedom-he fears a drunken poet may crack a joke that will take hold.”– E.B. White
In a state like Uganda. The only thing you need to do is to offend the don. The academic Dr. Stella Nyanzi have now been in custody of the state for 9 months and today was charged with Cyber Harassment by Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu. As she is now because of this is possibly could be sentenced up to three years in jail.
This happens because the Nyanzi did write a poem, where she wrote some words about the deceased mother of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Which certainly insulted the President and his handlers. That the President cannot handle to be ridiculed or mocked online. This shows the lack of tolerance or understanding of freedom of speech. As she is barred and behind bars awaiting the trial today for 9 months and have one more day to get the final sentencing tomorrow.
She is only going through all of this, because she offended the don. The head of the mafia. The Godfather of Uganda, is someone you don’t offend or even insult. Especially not his kind, even if the Leopards Anus insults you, plays around with you or send his enforcers to handle you.
Still, your supposed be grateful to live in the Republic. Not question his authority, any of the First Family and especially not offend the Fountain of Honour, His Excellency. It is rich, that he recently said he wasn’t offended or annoyed by the things said on social media. Still, he has no trouble ensuring that the ones who question his place, his family and his patronage are getting into legal trouble. Just like Nyanzi is in.
Her predicament is here, because she was putting it in a poetic way, that she wished Mr. Museveni never was born. Because of the all the pain and suffering that have done to Ugandans. The proof of that is her own fate. That she has challenged the man, who sends his enforcers and men of honour to finish people off. That man she has questioned and even offended.
That is why the Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate Kamasanyu will sentence her tomorrow. She messed with the wrong man, and has to pay now. That is why this is called cyber harassment in the eye of the state. Because, the state cannot manage or find proper ways to deal with its dissidents. It is easier to enforce the authorities to silence and make people stop.
This is yet another one of that, there is a limit of speech and especially about the First Family. They are supposed to get all the perks, all power, but don’t you d are insult the villager and his kin. Than, expect the police, army and all of the weapons bought in the recent century to be pointed at you. One way or another.
That is just the way it is and she’s paying the price for offending the Don. The Don your not supposed to offend, your supposed to kiss his ass and do him favours. Not back-talk or even try to talk about his family members. You should be blessed, that his not touching and letting you live. Peace.