After two weeks of heavy military presence and raids at the halls and campus of Makerere University. This comes after international community outcry as well, as Mastercard Foundation statement as well. The army reacts and suddenly let one of their men go. This happens as the state has violated the turf of the students, they have raided their homes, hurt people with violent acts, harmed their lives and assaulted them. They have used tear-gas and live-bullets in and around the halls. Clearly doing it while looking for the ones initiating the demonstrations.
Therefore, when the news struck yesterday, that the army is probing one guy. I am just asking myself. Isn’t that a nice goat, to be precise, a fabulous scapegoat.
Look at this:
“UPDF army has arrested the officer who commanded military into Makerere University protest over the 15% tuition increment. Army spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire has ordered for the arrest of Capt Richard Lubeere” (Delta TV Uganda, 01.11.2019).
Well, what can I say, he was not alone doing this. His a captain, he didn’t do this with the chain-in-command, neither without instructions what to do and what to look for. The Captain didn’t walk blindly into Lumumba or Mitchell and considered the implication of life, faith and possible horrific events that would transpire. No, most likely he followed command and ordered it accordingly. Just like all fellow officers of the police, and the soldiers on campus.
All of them was following orders from above. They were all liable for their actions still, but this doesn’t mean that one man is the only culprit. All of the soldiers who violated the students should answer for their deeds. All of the officers/soldiers who has hurt, hospitalized and raped students. Should answer for their crimes, as they targeted innocent civilians, some who just happen to live their and reside on campus. They were not even participating in the demonstrations. Still, they did this.
It is not like the commander is innocent. His not, he should answer for the deeds done at Makerere. But he shouldn’t do it alone. The ones ordering him and directing him should also answer, together with the ones shooting the live-bullet,s the one throwing the tear-gas, the ones beating and arresting students. The ones raping students and so-on. All of them are liable for the crimes committed. The destruction of property, the breach of trust between the security officials and the students. Should all answer for this.
However, the state thinks the public are stupid enough to just let one man take the blame. It’s like they are following this hook from Akon:
“ I understand that there are some problems
And I’m not too blind to know
All the pain you kept inside you
Even though you might not show
If I can apologize for being wrong
Then it’s just a shame on me
I’ll be the reason for your pain
And you can put the blame on me
You could put the blame on me” (Akon – ‘Sorry, blame it on me’ 2007).
Still, as stated earlier, the captain is a beautiful goat, a fine specimen, his the well-rounded scapegoat. Peace.
Well, it is not enough that the authorities said they were redeploying the army elsewhere. The Council added news and resolutions yesterday. That the Management have decided to suspended nine students and warned 26 others, while the Guild President Julius Kateregga. The man who talked to the President yesterday, but apparently a criminal today.
We can see how the authorities are acting, as they are criminalizing the students, but not looking in the acts of the soldiers, the Special Forces Command or the Police Force. Whose despicable acts has continued for over two weeks now. As off today, they tear-gassed the library too. Because, why not? The halls of Mitchell and Lumumba have already been filled with the gas. So now lets take another building too.
The Guild President was first actually on the NBS Television Breeze show, before apprehended by the police. They knew he was attending before they arrested him. That is how the state operates at this very moment.
This is what the University itself posted earlier today:
“Management has taken disciplinary action on students who have destroyed University property, injured fellow students & property for businesses operating outside. The involved students have been Suspended & others warned. The list will shortly be shared on the University website” (Makerere University, 30.10.2019).
This is just showing how insincere, how blatant disregard of the students the management has. As they are targeted, even after their own industrial action to unfair tuition fees. Therefore, the management should answer to the student for why they had a barrack on campus and why the let them assault, hurt and arrest students. Why the management let the halls and homes of the students get destroyed and vandalized by outside armed personnel, while they lived lavish on expensive tea. Because, that is the truth. A truth, that the acting VC and others doesn’t accept. Since, that means they are culpable for hiring and ordering the army on the premises of their students.
The students also tried to assemble further demonstrations today at Freedom Square, but that was ambushed by the authorities with more tear-gas to disperse the ones attending this. Therefore, the state continues with their same ways. To break up dissent and silence the ones who tries to defy the authorities.
What we do know is that these strikes are not over. The torment and horrors at the halls are neither. Expect more raids at night from either soldiers or police officers. As the state retaliates with brutality. Even if the leadership is arrested and even kidnapped. That is what they will do now. Peace.