By Stephen Twinoburyo
In the period following the Kampala bombings, I heard many conspiracy theories, suggesting one or the other motive, and most bizarre, some suggesting that the government had a hand in it. Finally, as expected, a terrorist group has claimed responsibility. How a group can take pride in causing misery and mayhem is difficult to fathom.
I think Ugandans have become so accustomed to pointing an accusing finger at the government whenever a disaster occurs. I agree that the Museveni government has quite often used fear, either of the past or the future, to keep people in bondage – trash which I definitely have no room for – but in this case, with individuals acting on their selfish own, it is unfair to blame it on the government. I really don’t see what the government would gain in such an attack and these acts should be condemned strongly. I am also of the opinion that Museveni’s government has not sank so low in popularity as to bomb it’s own citizens in such a manner in order to gain popularity, especially seeing that they are preparing to host the AU summit
We all need to have a strong stand against terrorists, from wherever they may come from. Anybody can be a victim of this and there are undoubtedly many families that are grieving. The problem with such acts is that they give a pretext to edgy regimes to clamp down on liberties and freedoms, all in the name of fighting terrorism. I can bet you life in Kampala is going to get a bit harder in the coming days because of such acts. If the aim of the terrorists was to make life more difficult for Ugandans, then they have achieved it.
That said, I must hasten to add that I don’t believe in conspiracy theories as have been propagated. I believe in factual analysis. It is my undiluted desire to see a new government in Uganda. That is a determination I am not about to change because I don’t think, based on the what I have observed over the past few years, that anything helpful for Uganda will still come out of this government. I wouldn’t however create imaginary situations in order to discredit them. I would want to argue on existing facts based on delivery and record in government.
In such matters, let us all – government, opposition parties, civil society and ordinary citizens – stand firm against acts that aim to take us away from modern civil thinking, civilization and respect for other people’s liberties. Terrorists aim to gain from creating terror among the vulnerable and by all of us standing firm against them, evil will never be given an opportunity to bud where good thrives.