This week, Uganda Police Force has been in the news over the case of People Power supporter and friend to Bobi Wine, Ziggy Wine’s death. Unlike in the past incidents of crime and investigations, this time round, the Police has been swift in developing a narrative and quickly dispelling any other counter narrative.
It is common practice for Police in Uganda to drag its feet on cases and give the blunt line that “investigations” are still going on. This was the case last week before Ziggy Wine passed away. When People Power activists took to media to ask questions about the death of the musician, Police was silent and did not come out to offer any helpful information. In fact, a source inside Police confirms that the cases was prioritized after getting an order from above.
Why did Ziggy Wine’s case suddenly turn important?
With the increased attacks on members of the People Power movement, H.E Bobi Wine came out and wrote a detailed letter in which he cited several members of his movement who had been killed or tortured because of their political affiliation. It was clear from Bobi Wine’s missile that the state was targeting him, his movement and its supporters.
With the international media especially growing around Bobi Wine, it is said that the state has been panicking and orders quickly came to Police to have them quell the narrative that Ziggy had been killed. Museveni and his government are fearful of the growing evidence that his government abuses human rights and people’s freedoms. Such kind of reputation could put Museveni in bad light with international donors and supporters of his government. It also helps to build the support and base for Bobi Wine; something that the government is fighting.
Just as it happened in Arua during the arrest of Bobi Wine and 33 others, Uganda Police was quick to gather evidence and witnesses to prove that Ziggy had been involved in accident. Just as in Arua where the guns paraded and weapons were hard to believe that they belonged to Bobi Wine, the witnesses in this Ziggy accident are also questionable.
Uganda Police and its bosses are determined to shove down this story as the only true account of events. There is no indication that Police is willing to venture into any other counter narrative.