LIFE UNDER MUSEVENI


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    Written by: Meshack Masibo
    It is a common experience to hear some of the most bizarre occurrences when anyone has scruffed the feathers of President Yoweri Museveni. From torture to odd arrests of teenagers who just annoyed the long serving president, such things make you wonder, how does it feel like to live under Museveni?
    For teenagers it seems nothing like a scrumptious experience. Recently, police in Gomba District, Uganda, arrested a 19-year-old man for allegedly abusing President Yoweri Museveni. They identified the suspect as Joseph Kasumba, a resident of Kanoni Town and the driver of a pickup truck that transports agricultural produce to markets in the area. Mr Kasumba allegedly abused the president on January 1 as he (Museveni) travelled from St. John’s Cathedral, Kasaka, where he had attended a New Year’s church service. “When his convoy reached Kanoni Town, Special Forces Command soldiers reportedly ordered one of the drivers to move his vehicle from the road to allow the presidential motorcade to pass,” said a police source who did not want to be named because he’s not authorised to speak to the media.
    “That was when a group of youth allegedly led by Kasumba started exchanging words with the soldiers and abused President Museveni, calling him all sorts of names including Bosco. They also accused him of constructing narrow roads,” the source said on Thursday. Gomba District police commander Robert Kuzaara said Mr Kasumba was in their custody at Kanoni Police Station and that a probe was opened. He said the suspect is likely to be charged with alarming, annoying and ridiculing the person of the president contrary to the Penal Code Act.
    Mr Kasumba is not the first person to get in trouble for allegedly attacking the president. Makerere University research fellow, Dr Stella Nyanzi, also spent the festive season in jail over abusing President Museveni and his later mother on her Facebook page on September 16. In October last year, one Suzan Namata was arrested after recording a video in which she threated to ‘hit the head of State with her genitals’……Subscribe to Access our Digital Edition ………

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