It is time to bring back the slogan and the act of defying in the face of oppression. It is not the time to cease the acts against oppression. The time for actual defying of the draconian and Orwellian behavior of National Resistance Movement. The Uganda Police Force and Uganda People’s Defense Force are acting brutality and without justification to quell and silence all parts of society, in favor of thieving and brutal regime, who do not care about the safety of the citizens, but of the security of the NRM elite and the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is more important than anything else!
Oxford Dictionary says Defiance is: “Open resistance; bold disobedience: an act of defiance the demonstration was held in defiance of official warnings” (Oxford Dictionaries – ‘Defiance’)” (…) “Origin: Middle English (denoting the renunciation of an allegiance or friendship): from Old French, from defier ‘defy’” (Oxford Dictionaries – ‘Defiance’).
Let’s be clear wearing red bandanna on the steps of Parliament is not bold disobedience, neither is singing the National Anthem during the plenary session. It is defying, but not bold. It is obvious and in the public space, but the ones really defying. Is the ones breaking the bans and laws, who we’re out in the streets. Demonstrating in Bushenyi, Arua and Lira. The ones demonstrating at Makerere and Mbarara University, where the Police where detaining and throwing tear-gas.
The defiance that matters and makes it expensive to up-keep is the ones that breaks the system. The ones actually defies and the system. Not the ones sponsoring it and legitimizing it. Like the Opposition MPs did and the Shadow Government did after the General Election of 2016. They gave way for the NRM and the President to continue as normal. None of them gave him reason to change or to give-in. Since he saw they became weak and could get bought by a title and allowances.
Defiance has to capture the spirit and give hope to organizations and movements who actually defies the system. The underground activity and the possible defiance could hurt the government. Instead, they have now postponed the debate, but that is only making the troubles come back to haunt them. Not stop them! It will return like any sequel, like any Hollywood remake of a franchise. It just keep on returning. The lifting of the Presidential Age Limit will not leave the scene. Neither will other laws made for securing the life Presidency of Museveni.
Therefore, more than ever it is important to defy the system. Stand up against it and not accept it. Stop buying from companies that are connected with the NRM elite, stop registering and being connected with NRM affiliated organizations and avoid all sort of legitimizing the current government. That meaning, being bold and brave. Actually, show your disregard to the current leadership. T-Shirt, Campaigns and Open dialogue in the public sphere, that will hurt the government. Make sure they will lose their arguments and ideals to upkeep the Presidency.
Besigye himself gave this advice in July 2017:
“The following needs to be done to terminate the Junta’s control of our country:
1) Intensify the “awakening campaign”, for most Ugandans to become active in the processes of achieving a transition. Everyone has a role to play in achieving this.
2) Forming activist networks to make it possible to act together and to be coordinated.
3)Everyone seeking a democratic transition should take deliberate actions, individually or in concert with others to disempower and break down the Junta. Each one’s actions, however small, contribute significantly towards the desired change.
4) Public servants, including those in the security and military are called upon to join the struggle for democratic transition.
5) In coordination with other political and civil society formations, we’ll soon start various activities that will disempower and bring the, now fragile, Junta to an end” (Dr. Kizza Besigye, 11.07.2017).
The words Besigye are relevant for DEFIANCE. It is the making of shaking the system. Give the Oppressor a kick where it hurts, but with bold actions. Not dancing like hooligans on the outside of the Parliament. These acts would actually hurt the government. The public would really defy the government with this acts. It is time to activate and listen to Besigye. So that the NRM can be taken down, by peaceful means and a meaningful transition of power. Since it doesn’t belong to Museveni alone. But all citizens of Uganda.
It is time not accept official warnings and protocol. The Public Order Management Act (POMA) should cease to matter, the notification of demonstrations and processions should not happen from the defiant organizers. The defiant organizers should focus on the cause, not respect the laws that are there to uphold the government. They should step up their activity and not fear the government. But disrespect it and make it on edge. It should start to shake and wonder what is the next move. Not be able to anticipate or expect the next move. The POMA makes it easy for the Police Force to block and throw tear-gas. The informing of the planned defying acts should stop. The CSOs and the Opposition Parties should start with actions that are in the shadow and out of reach of the government. Go into the “black” and sudden appear as unknown force of loyal subjects to the cause.
If the ones in the deep darkness of oppression actually acted in defiance, defied the law and the state, as it has turned to be oppressing instead being their to serve. Therefore, the citizens has the right and is justified to defy the laws, who are there for the emperor and his court; it is not there for serving the people. It’s time to listen Besigye as the brutality and the crack-down shows the true heart of the government. Peace.