WHAT WENT WRONG?
When the madness of an entire nation disturbs a solitary mind, it’s not enough to say the man is mad. Those were the words of Francis Davis Imbuga in his book Betrayal in the city.
Earlier this week in the pearl of Africa those words would not have been any more appropriate. Its worth noting with sheer concern a social media clip of an altercation between police officers and a lady somewhere in Kampala a city where shame at its best covers the best scrutiny.
In trying to arrest this lady, she was knocked down and items from her purse flew out including her cellphone. Unbeknownst to her, one police officer swiftly grabbed the cellphone which was now laying on the ground and quickly disappeared in oblivion- Oh the people who protect us.Call it fate on your wrong day but it’s hard for that lady to see her phone again.The action of that officer gives us a sneak peek of how broken down the police as an institution has gone. One might ague that the actions of that one officer do not represent the whole institution,well we have seen a multitude of incidents where the police has been the chief orchestrator of lawlessness and we can’t help but conclude that maybe its the modus operandi. And as if that’s not enough torture it’s worth noting that the same lady will have to go back to the same police to report a lost item for her to recover the same line from the Telecom service providers.The likelihood that she will get justice is your guess as good as mine.
When people we trust with our security turn out to be rogues, there is always reason to worry for our country. The rate at which police keeps on discrediting itself is worrying. From theft to preferring frivolous charges against comedians and musicians and the fact that they are forced to confidently come out to explain this nonsense deserves applause. For example, a popular “kadongo kamu” musician called Gerald Kiweewa was recently arrested by police for his song titled “Nantaba”. According to police, honorable Aidah Nantaba filed a case ignorantly against the musician for apparently maligning her name in the song only to find out later that she had not filed any case to that effect. Did the police lie still your guess is as good as mine. Over time we have seen police being accused of all sorts of crimes and by the look of things, we should brace ourselves for more as 2021 approaches.
If the police channeled just a fraction of the resources and energy they expend on quelling political decent to actually doing their core duty of keeping law and order, we will be in a much better place. The president passionately talks about how police has been infritrated by criminals, well it turns out he is very right -However he should not be lamenting like the rest of us cz he being the commander in chief cannot be exonerated from this apparent failure.
Like the old saying goes, fish rots from the head and Cry the beloved NATION.
WHAT WENT WRONG?