“I would like to distinguish my use of violence from other dictators used the gun to put an end to the use of the gun. There was no and other way” – Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at Campaign Rally in 1996.
The story of Ibrahim Abiriga, the story of Andrew Kaweesi and all the sudden deaths in Uganda follows a pattern. This isn’t about their initial rise to power. More its on the lack of security, the rise of insecurity, as so many sudden deaths goes untraceable and without concern of the state. They just vanish, disappear and get no further notice. The stories of all the woman kidnapped and killed, all the innocent woman in last year taken in and around Entebbe. All of this people got the same fate.
They all suddenly get taken away without any warning, certain killers roam the streets and take people away. Certain set of criminals are taken the Republic and they know they will not get caught. Because the Police doesn’t have the ability and neither has the state resources to capture them. That is the sadness. That the state should have the ability and the capabilities to solve this. Find the culprits and let them meet the court of law for prosecution. However, at this point, if we would ever get the real murderer of Kaweesi, that would be a miracle. The same can be said of the Entebbe murders and the mafia’s kidnapping woman. Either ever thinking of getting the killers of Abiriga.
This here is a sad moment, another reflection of the failed state, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) has created. Over so many decades and over so long time. The President, the almighty incarnation of power, the big-man of the Republic has promised and said that during his time. That insecurity would be gone and the security was the first priority. However, with time that has dwindled. Especially when cases like this come.
When the similarities of motorcycle groups coming with guns and ambushing high-ranking officials, before assassinating them. This is not a joke, that they can come on motorcycle, storm the cars and shot people into oblivion in the midst of early morning or late afternoon. Says it all, that the state is lacking the need of security and safety net to even secure the highest people of the Republic. What about the run of the mill citizen. Shouldn’t they worry that suddenly someone will make them stop. Someone would come for them and make them stop breathing.
That is random story, a random fantasy. That is the reality, the sad grim reality of the Republic. The NRM and the Police are not capable of securing their own, the high ranking individuals, and the ones that loyal to the state. They are sudden taken away and gotten rid of like garbage. Just shoot down and left to rot on the street. If that isn’t heartbreaking, nothing is. This here is failing of a state.
There is nothing else to say. Nothing can top that. This here is the failing of a state, they cannot even secure the people of the highest rank. Anyone in the state can be touched and be taken away. No one has the power to stop this or have the ability defend themselves against it.
This is ruthless, senseless and the true devastation of society. When random killers can roam the streets and the Police is hunting like headless chickens after them. There is nothing to redeem or give hope. The silence and the pledges is pointless. The lives cannot be resurrected. They are already dead and gone.
While the state didn’t deliver, what it was supposed to do. It was supposed to have the used the guns to end the need for guns. However, Museveni haven’t delivered the security, this rise of fatal crimes is proof of the lack of security of the territory. Everyone can be touched at this current state, not that Police has the capacity or ability to even catch the killers. They are just walking away scotch-free. Peace.