Last week, the often colourful opposition politician, Kizza Besigye in yet another besmirched ceremony, unveiled what he described as a ‘peoples government and assembly’, with himself atop as the ‘peoples’ president. It is worth remembering that in 2016, soon after the elections, Besigye secretly took a fictitious ‘oath’ as the ‘peoples’ president complete with ‘cabinet ministers’. He then vowed that he would cause an international audit to the election results claiming had been stolen from him.
Sometime back, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II placed a courtesy telephone call requesting a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni, perhaps in Rwakitura, Nakasero or Entebbe.
Lawyers of old, used to say “He who comes to the temple of justice should do so with a clean pair of hands,” but perhaps not anymore, because, today the path to justice is littered more by fraudulent behaviour, where genuine counsel to clients are rarely offered, and consequently many people think that substantive justice is being subverted.
African countries continue to be rated very low in regard to freedom of expression, media freedom, safety and protection, and ending impunity against journalists. According to Press Freedom Index Report by Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda, a local advocacy group, at least 113 cases of violations and abuses were reported in 2017. The report highlights laws it describes as draconian laws that still remain in force, and restricting press freedom in Uganda, among them, the Penal Code Act, Anti-Terrorism Act (2002), and Computer Misuse Act (2013).