Monday, January 15, 2007

He said she said

So the government has denied, vehemently, that they had any hand in the erasing of charismatic rebel lord, Dr. Andrew Kayiira 20 years ago.

Uganda’s government, for those who don’t know the inside story, did not come to power nicely. They had to fight it out. They had to go to the bush – 27 men-oba 26? (!!!!????, believe me, I am also still wondering how that lie has stood the test of time) and shoot the hell out of the elected government.

Andrew Kayiira was the leader of another group that had the same agenda as that of the National Resistance Army which had major issues with the Prez at the time, Dr. Apollo Milton Obote who was too chicken to stay around and answer to all the charges that have been levelled against him. Well he answered but from very far.

Kayiira was shot in 1987, a couple of years after the coup that brought Kagu to power. Since there can only be one cock-of-the-walk, the death of the doctor was immediately pegged on officialdom, however much they tried to show that their hand was clean.

Now, the people either are too thick or they have nugu. Last week, the Democratic Party, one of the opposition organisations decided to shake off the image of cowardice. You see, they have always taken their grievances to court unlike some people who think that when they have issues, the exact words to use are: “You want some of this, okay, lets take this outside…I mean to the bush.” And other such unsavoury things.

Anyway, DP took this Kayiira thing and masqueraded as very hurt citizens crying out for Kayiira’s justice. They said they have the report from Scotland Yard which implicated government. Apparently, that’s why the report hasn’t been released to the public for 20 years. The president said DP just wanted to force the Tear Gassers to act. Oh, by the way, if you didn’t know, Uganda is fast becoming the place where tear gas manufacturers will be camping soon because the market is just too tempting. The weekends bring the premiership soccer and tear gas at political riots.

Every one is running around screaming that they have the real report. It is good money. On top of getting yourself on TV, you can get the development partners to give you a visa because the evidence will be in their face; state inspired violence warranting asylum in their country.

10 Comments:

Blogger Be silent said...

SOKIES... CHERIE

9:09 PM  
Anonymous mataachi said...

does ANYBODY still believe the government had nothing to do with Kayiira's death? Does anybody?

10:01 PM  
Anonymous mataachi said...

does ANYBODY still believe the government had nothing to do with Kayiira's death? Does anybody?

10:02 PM  
Blogger Zack said...

I loved the read; why do I think you actually intended it ot be longer but just had to end here? Hope u'll go on too!

11:48 PM  
Blogger Cheri said...

I think the state has 100% to do with this guy's death. There, so crucify me. I want the assylum.

that monitor story does Sevo in.

True true.

Lemme write my report based on that guy's lugambo.

Hope u don't send Black Mamba after me.

1:17 AM  
Blogger Joshua said...

The first Uganda Bloggers Happy Hour will take place on Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 6:30 PM at Mateo's (above Nando's on Kampala Road, K'la). Bring your wit, your feistiness, your eloquence and your humor and meet up with the myriad of voices, minds and opinions that make up the Ugandan blogosphere.

Friends, readers and the blog-curious are welcome, as is anyone willing to debate the faults and merits of Aga Khan or Jay-Z. We hope this happy hour will serve as a springboard from which the Uganda blogging community can trade ideas, stories and opinions and continue to grow. We look forward to seeing you there!

(Out of the Uganda blogger loop? Check out the Global Voices Uganda page or the links to the right.)

1:19 AM  
Blogger The 27th Comrade said...

Cheri, you're a bit anti-government, I notice. One of those idealists? s in `Since we are not like America, our president is to blame.' Frig 'em all.

Oh, and governments have everything to do with every death. But why is Kayiira so friggin' important?

2:26 AM  
Blogger Cheri said...

I didn't say he was important.I couldn't care less.

Just sayin!

Lemme swallow those words.

PS: I'm so anti-government! I'm anti-establishment.

3:38 AM  
Blogger jkb said...

Uganda's information and communications capabilities are sooo enhanced lately that reliance on hearsay has lost relevance. We are talking about a public report that can easily be accessed and re-designed (not that it is) to fit a purpose. The authors should clarify.

I believe the government did not orchestrate Kayiira's death (not in gov't's interest), but guilty of inadequate provision of security to Ugandans then.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Degstar said...

@Joshua,
u forget my man that Thursday is Rock Nite at Steak Out and the ones among us who are willing to mix with the proletariat have made it something of an obsession, why dont y'all just come on down and hang with us where we already hang out?

9:35 AM  

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