2017: Will Justice Be Served or Wishful Thinking??
Justice in Uganda has been known to be more of a joke than a reality we seek to get comfort in when mischief is subdued upon Ugandans and denied it’s due course to take effectiveness.
2016 was grueling so I think congratulations are in order for everyone who made it to the new year. I deliberately choose to ignore the negative memes doing rounds on the internet and hope against all hope that 2017 turns out amazing.
Okay. I confess, maybe not amazing as such but it doesn’t kill to have a little hope in one’s system. Hope is a good thing I think. For lack of a better way to say it, it makes even darkness seem a little less dark.
Will justice be served or wishful thinking? Here’s how 2017 has gone for Uganda so far
Forgive my reference of the sad and gruesome past but it’s no longer something we can ignore or simply shrug off. 2016 ended on a rather sad note for Uganda with the Kasese massacre and the death of Mr. Akena.
To be clear, the Kasese massacre was nothing short of disturbing and justice should be served for the hundreds of lives that were lost.
Speaking of justice, how does a court grant bail for a suspect only for the same suspect to be arrested a few hours later? Not that I’m a political analyst or a lawyer but it’s the entire situation that raises several questions about the justice system.
Maybe with time we shall understand the system in question but for now I’ll raise a skeptical eyebrow and pray for actual justice.
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Still on justice, Uganda and 2017
As though that wasn’t a bad enough way to start the year, the Kanyamunyu saga sent most of the country into a bitter rage. Quick introduction to the case: the Kanyamunyu’s are accused of the murder of one Mr. Akena.
To fuel our rage, it seems, the suspects made their first court appearance with smiles pasted on their lips. I’m also still wondering, how? How did they do it? For the past several weeks I’ve been asking myself how someone accused of murder appears in court all smiles.
Unfortunately, the ones in position to answer my many questions are unavailable so I won’t dwell much on the issue.
In other “somehow” related news
Following the murder and the publicized hearing, a few members of parliament took it upon themselves to play with our sympathies. Before someone starts judging or criticizing my stand, hear me out.
With all due respect honorables, we were all shocked by the appearances of Mrs. Winnie Byanyima as a surety in court. Maybe some were more shocked than others but it was no justification for you to dramatize the already emotional court proceedings. Think about the family of the deceased. Haven’t they gone through enough without you adding political drama to the mix?
I refuse to side with either Mrs. Byanyima or the honourables. They all have their reasons: one party did it for family and the other I’m certain we shall never really know.
That aside, I stand with my fellow countrymen and request for justice for both cases. It won’t bring back the dead but it will give the bereaved families a little closure
Author: Teddy Gladys
Teddy Gladys is a freelance writer for Newslibre that loves writing about the ways of life, its mysteries and other forms of art.