“24. Penalty for acts intended to alarm, annoy or ridicule the President:
Any person who, with intent to alarm or annoy or ridicule the President— (c) assaults or wrongfully restrains the person of the President, commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for life” (Penal Code, 15th June 1950).
We know they fought, we know they won and the rest is history. The 1986ers are running the Republic and doesn’t care if their revolution is eating and killing its kids. They just don’t care, everyone is charged with phony charges, taken by the courts in premeditated statutes and usage of colonial laws to pin them as criminals for standing up against the President and his patronage. They own the land, the rest is the peasants, whose lucky enough to live on rented time on the soil of the Republic.
Today, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine is charged with annoying, ridiculing and blocking the road in Arua, as the President was passing with his convoy. The other Arua 37 was charged with this too. This is not new, because anyone can be charged with it these days. These people are still facing treason charges from the same Post Arua By-Election, so what the state put these additional charges on them.
There takes nothing to insult the President, if your Joseph Kabuleta writing about Project Muhoozi. If Bobi Wine tries to use his popularity to win By-Elections, which is demeaning to the almighty President, whose supposed to be the most loved person ever to grace the planet earth. You get charged with cyber harassment, if you just write a poem about you, this is the fate of Dr. Stella Nyanzi. Whose now under more trouble for demonstrating in the midst of sentencing on the last Friday.
So, we know that people are annoying, bugging and has to be charged for doing so. Even if the President says no-one is arrested for annoying him. Apparently, plenty are and in legal jeopardy. If you just spit in the wrong pit, they will charge you for it. However, in this regard, the citizen can just be in wrong place, at the wrong time and the state will capture you. That is what the state is doing.
The state and the authorities are using the Penal Code, Public Order Management Act and Computer Misuse Act to take people away for any reason from her until the sun. There is nothing the state cannot pin on its dissidents. They will create mirages, they will fix the codes and pin it on someone who happens to be the opposition to the regime. This is what they do.
At this moment, anyone can be charged with annoying the President. If you write a poem, if you drive on the wrong road, if you don’t take his biscuits as he doles it out through his aide, or dare to speak ill of him in public.
This shows the foolishness of the state, as they think they are bloody brilliant. The charges are forged, manufactured and if a serious court would look at it. They would dismiss it, because there is no case. If the state was serious, the Treason case against Bobi Wine and the Arua 33 wouldn’t last this long, but these bastards doesn’t care. They have not produced any evidence or affidavit to prove it. Even if their lives depends on it. Because, they know its just playing and misusing the time of the ones charges. So, that Bobi Wine and the rest have less time politicking. That is what the state does.
That is why everyone is annoying the President and he just have to pin something on them. Peace.
Today, the authorities are finding way new ways to intimidate and insult intelligence in the Republic. This time its two suspects, whose already in trouble, who gets into trouble and continues to push for the good cause. These two are Dr. Stella Nyanzi and Ingrid Turinawe.
Today, as anticipated Ingrid Turinawe was in-front of Court, as she was produced after the foolish arrest during the weekend. As the only thing she did was to visit activists, who was brutally taken out of Buganda Road Magistrate One on Friday. Where she was just trying to deliver them. This was clearly an act of criminal intent, as she did try to do it twice. Therefore, the arrest and today’s short visit in the Court Room.
Ingrid Turinawe case is adjourned until the 16th August 2019, she is charged with annoyance or inconvenience of the public nuisance and added assault. If anything ever was fabricated, these charges are, because as dumb as the arrest was, the charges are in the same category. The state is clearly pinning whatever they can to its dissidents. When is it annoying to give some prisoners food?
While the state hasn’t enough charges to pin on Dr. Stella Nyanzi, they got to oppress her some more. Just to prove their point. So, today, the NTV Uganda explained this:
“Stella Nyanzi faces fresh charges of unacceptable conduct in court. Uganda Prisons Service Spokesperson Frank Baine said the charges relate to Nyanzi baring her breasts as she was sentenced for cyber-harassment on Friday. The court session was held via video conference” (NTV Uganda, 05.08.2019).
The state cannot have the time to find evidence or the even the codes or statutes to pin people on, before they are arresting them and then sentencing them. This is impunity in its highest form. Where all sorts of rebellion are being criminal. Think about about, feeding prisoners and even showing flesh is now illegal? There is nothing that cannot be done, which is again make you a suspect of an offence? The ones throwing the bottles are now facing charges and sentenced too, by the way. They incited violence, Malice Damage and one with Assault (the one throwing the bottle at the magistrate). Clearly, everything that can be used, will be used against you.
The state is showing their finesse in the game of oppression and silencing of dissidents. They are doing this so steady, that you cannot follow up on all the cases. The state is so viscously going against people, that there is no time to rest.
Today, its Turinawe and Nyanzi. Who knows its tomorrow. My best guess is someone either connected to the People Power or someone in the camp of Besigye. The rest are on their merry. Because, the true opposition, the ones fighting for justice and liberty is the ones paying the price. The rest is just silently accepting the dictatorship and its painful exercise of arbitrary arrests, torture and suspension of freedom, liberty and justice. Which supposed to be all, but is apparently for a limited few. Peace.
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.
“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.