Renowned social rights activist, Namatta Annette alias Nana Mwafrika Mbarikiwa has yet again this morning hit the streets in protest of the heightening police brutality meted out on the plight of Ugandans.
Camped at the Uganda Human Rights commission with banners and posters inscribed with wordings condemning brutality, Nana with the help of a loud amplifier is trying to lobby for the attention and solidarity of the tormented silent masses that are fearing to speak out. “Fellow Ugandans, now is the time to speak out against the endless police brutality,” Nana loudly shouts. “We do not pay our taxes to be maimed and killed. They’ve created a Violence Suppression Unit to oppress. Let’s speak now,” she adds.
Among other issues raised by Nana is the fact that the police is not accountable to the public. She cites the matter of a magazine publication that to-date has never been distributed to the public. “Police once talked about a magazine the public would but at 5k. What happened to that?,” Nana asks. “Why is there little knowledge availed to the public on what police does and how they do it? Why is there a blackout on things that in the normal way should concern Ugandans?,” she wonders.
This is her second failed attempt to get to the office of the IGP, Martin Okoth Ochola in a space of three days as her first showcase on Monday did not yield. As a victim of police brutality, Nana says only ‘death’ will stop her from seeking accountability to police demeaning actions. “I’ve been mishandled, but I won’t give up. Whenever I limp on this clutch, I’m reminded of the horrific battering the police afflicted on me last year,” reiterates Nana.