If you ever thought, there would be justice in a place called Rukungiri Town. You most certainly wrong, there been plenty of occasions over the past few years where the Police Force and other Security Outfits has ambushed and besieged the town. Because the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) are planning a rally or like today, they were planning to hold a Thanksgiving Prayer. However, the Police Force came there as if it was terrorists on a jihadi mission.
Today, is just another meagre sign of the lack of tolerance, freedom of speech and assembly in Uganda. Again, another proof of how the Police Force is pre-occupied with arresting, ferrying and taking away FDC leaders and activists. As the home of Dr. Kizza Besigye was sealed off early in morning. While, Ingrid Turinawe was taken away from the FDC Offices in Rukungiri and in custody in Ntungamo Police Station. There was countless others who was arrested and who knows to what extent of hurt. Because the police didn’t only fire tear-gas to the public, but also live-bullets. Surely, these stray-bullets can kill.
That they without warrants and any legal effort are putting Besigye again under House Arrest. Shows their intent and the fear of the popularity of the FDC leader. They are clearly sending a message again. The same with the continues arrest of Turinawe, who has been steadily in legal jeopardy. This is all happening because one scheduled PRAYER. Not a defiant rally or uproar to resistance against the authorities. But a GOD-DAMN PRAYER. What is wrong with the authorities to stop these activities and these events?
The Police are calling it an Illegal Ceremony, they are using the Preventative arrests and Public Order Management Act of 2010 as if there is no tomorrow. We know the Drill, but still, it pains to see it returns again and again.
This is what the Police did:
“Police in Rukungiri District in western Uganda Monday blocked the Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party from holding thanksgiving prayers for the deceased supporters” (91.2 Crooze FM, 26.11.2018).
That is showing what extent of impunity, as they are trying to pray for the fallen ones, the supporters who stood by the party and lost their lives. Because of that, there is more tear-gas and live bullets, more people detained and huge caravan of mambas, vans and police officers on the ground. Ensuring that the FDC doesn’t hold the prayer.
This is yet another sign of how oppressive the NRM Regime is, how President Museveni carries himself and his brigade against the opposition. Nothing else to say really. Impunity in action, Impunity in orders, and the only correct line is to honour Bosco/Jajja/Mzee/M7, or whatever you call him. Peace.