Well, on Friday, the 2nd August 2019, Dr. Stella Nyanzi was sentenced to 18 months for a poetry against the President and his mother. This happen as she had violated the Computer Misuse Act and specifically, what she was sentenced for was called Cyber Harassment. This all well-known now.
We know now that because of the actions inside the Chambers of Buganda Road Magistrate Court One. The aftermath and the scrutiny has come to the forefront. If it was the starting of undressing of Stella, whose has no power anyway and did it, because she was going to jail no matter what. Because of that, the Minister for Integrity and Ethics, Rev. Simon Lokodo, want her to be investigated for doing that. This means, his part of the authority to even silence her more.
There was also several of activists, without any forewarning threw a bottle at the judge and made a rawkus. 6 of them got detained by the authorities and was taken away. These have now been held at the Central Police Station in Kampala since the sentencing and today, FDC’s own Ingrid Turinawe went to visit them. Because, she did go there to see them. Clearly, that was a violation of some code and was angering the authorities.
We can clearly see that the authorities and the state is not playing around. They will use all means to get the dissidents silenced. There is no way for them to even answer back or to speak their peace. They have to be monitored, express their views in the limited windows that the state provides and if they go outside of that. Then, you might be taken from your home or even arrested as they see fit.
There is no way of seeing this getting better, as the Republic is gearing up for elections in 2021. They are clearly signalling, that the opposition and activists for a peaceful transition is a free-for-all and bait to eat. Because, the state can send the flying squad, can send ISO and send the police force towards the opposition. For whatever reason they see fit. Even if the opposition tries to be on the radio, hold a rally or internal party meetings. The state will block, shield and arrest the ones who dare expose their authority.
In reality, the bottle flying in the chambers is wrong. The sanctity of the Courts are important, but when whatever you do gets violated. When your voice is silenced and your have no where to hide. You have no where to speak or express your dissident views, without meeting the powerful security organizations. You know something is wrong. This picture is just amplified and showing the drastic measures the state uses against the ones, who is fighting for justice, liberty and freedom.
The justice, freedom and liberty is apparently only for the bush-war generals and their patronage. The rest needs to be in silence and carry-on, not question, not interfere and don’t you dare question the reasoning of the state. They are the kings, the queens and the future. The rest of you are their peasants, their underlings, who has to abide their draconian and colonial laws. That is just the way it is.
That is why Stella Nyanzi is behind bars, that is why Ingrid Turinawe is behind bars. That is why the 6 activists is behind bars. They are all there, because they dare question the government and is security organizations. They dare to oppose them and speak up without fear or intimidation.
Still, the NRM handlers, the sycophants wants to attack the ones throwing the bottles there. Still, they don’t condemn the way the state arrested the activists on that day. Neither, the sudden kidnaps, torture or even killings done in favour of the state. So, if they were sincere, then they would have spoken. Alas, they don’t because they are addicted to the gravy-train and doesn’t need see a free and fair society since they are paid and secured anyway.
Therefore, the opposition should just be glad they are there and not dare to insult, annoy or even question the NRM. Because, if they do and if they succeed spreading their message across. There will be consequences and they will meet the long arm of the state. That is why they just have to:
“Bottle out!”. Peace.