Photos: Kakwenza Rukirabashaija\YouTube Screenshot
I was honored, a few days ago in Oslo, Norway, to stand before 2,000 people and receive a prestigious award, Václav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent, from the Human Rights Foundation. The prize celebrates those who, with bravery and ingenuity, unmask the lie of dictatorship through literature and or art.
The prize was founded to honor the late poet, playwright, and statesman who dedicated his life to promoting and protecting individual rights through literature. Václav Havel was imprisoned by the communist government after he wrote a book, ‘The Power of the Powerless’. He later became the president of Czechoslovakia, then Czech Republic.
For me, the time to criticize the Uganda government ended in 2019. I cannot criticize the same things (Human rights abuses, corruption, forced exile, poor health services and education, extravagance, lack of rule of law and many others) for more than 22-years I have been politically woke. NOW IS TIME TO TELL THEM TRUTH THAT THEY ARE A BUNCH OF LACKADAISICAL IMBECILES running a country and plunging it into governance imbroglio. They want to act stupid but do not want to be told that they are stupid. They think it is an insult to describe their stupidity. Radical rudeness shakes them useless leaders.
Ugandans must rise up against Museveni and his regime because they are on their own.
The international community has failed to take decisive action in support of the Ugandan people, leaving them to fight for their rights and freedom alone. There is no excuse for tolerating a despot who terrorizes his own people and denies them their basic rights.
The time for complacency and inaction is over. Museveni and his criminal regime must be held accountable for their actions, and the Western governments must reassess their support. Recognizing a terrorist like Museveni solely because he helps the USA fight geopolitical expediency wars is at the disadvantage of the Ugandan people, as it hinders their development and perpetuates their suffering.
It is time for Ugandans to unite, organize, and demand change. By employing radical rudeness, they can disrupt the oppressive system and make their voices heard. The path to freedom and justice may be challenging, but it is one that must be taken. The people of Uganda deserve a government that is accountable, transparent, and truly represents their interests.
A government that terrorizes its citizens and forces them into exile should never be recognized anywhere. Should never be aided to remain in power. Should only be isolated and forced to collapse.
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act–George Orwell.
I express my deep gratitude to the committee that considered my social protest literature to be works of tremendous courage and creativity that exemplify the spirit of Vàclav.
The National Resistance Movement (NRM) criminal government in Uganda lacks legitimacy due to the way it came into power and has maintained its hold on power. The NRM government initially seized control through the use of guns, not through democratic means. This lack of legitimacy has been further exacerbated by election violence, which has become a recurring theme in Ugandan politics.
Museveni, the mastermind of criminality and domestic terrorism is often referred to as a gun and computer-generated president. This is because he has manipulated the system to stay in power for an extended period of time. His presidency lacks the legitimacy that comes from being elected by the people. Instead, it is a product of a flawed and undemocratic process.
Bobi Wine examines tortured back of Kakwenza.
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LLB Cavendish Law School. MA Journalism UCT