The Minister of labour, gender and social development is under fire after Ugandan social media users spent their Wednesday lambasting him over his solidarity statement on slain black US citizen. Tumwebaze thought Ugandans would welcome his solidarity statement like they did with Bobi Wine who issued his version before any of the NRM leaders.
Whereas the minister’s solidarity statement was in good faith for the good promoting unity within the human race, Ugandans say it is utterly hypocritical for a full cabinet minister serving a regime that has grossly violated human rights throughout its three decade rule.
“Where was Tumwebaze when Uganda police did the same to Ritah Nabukenya? Where was he when Dan Kyeyune was shot in the eye? Where has he been when the LDU has been shooting people aimlessly?,” asks Sserunkuuma Joseph, a Twitter user. “Our leaders are angered by the murder of a black in the US but are ok with a police truck running over a citizen, shooting of opposition supporters on cold blood, torture of those with dissenting voices and robbery of resources for the poor! God is seeing you,” tweets NBS journalist Joseph Sabiiti.
The tragic death of the 46 year old George Floy has triggered global backlash with several countries and celebrities condemning the racist slur on the ‘black’ US citizens. Apparently, US president, Donald Trump has already appealed to the National Guard to reign in after the chaos streaked into the third day. “..I will send the National guard & get the job done right…but when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Trump’s tweet reads in part.
Reports of looting and arsonist raids on the Minneapolis police station, food stores, and businesses have dominated the western press.