The violence, as we all know, was not exactly surprising. This will happen again, one can be sure about that, as long as one side does not feel like they are getting a fair deal. And from what’s been doing the rounds, people are not satisfied.
People are not sufficiently cowed though. Arresting 160 people is redundant, really. I am thinking, we should be looking at the next step. What should we do?
Having grown up in Kampala, I am a certified assimilado. My people come from elsewhere but all I know, all I can really hold materially as important has been right here.
I would have just looked on to the next event if not for the disturbing undercurrents of violent tribalism that were exhibited during the four days of mayhem. The sight of a beat up Lt. Col. Kulayigye at Bulange (what in hell was he doing in that area at that time of all times?) can’t be easily erased.
The good Colonel was told to sing the Ekitiibwa kya Buganda and reportedly forced to do other things he’d never have done by his own volition.
But I heard the unmistakable hate chants directed at people with long noses and for me, that’s scary. I might see myself as an assimilated musoga (not even from the west, you see) but to many people, I look like I am from Mbarara, all because of deceptive facial features.
I have been called a mulaalo for long enough for me to know that should those idle threats ever tip over into real action, it would be wise for me to stay indoors. Or throw in my lot with the devil.
This then brings in other issues that would have seemed unthinkable to me. I do not like the way this government is going about the business of governing my country but if it is going to keep the madness underneath, short of fleeing, I might find myself going to the polls in 2011 with an amended view of what ‘voting wisely’ means.