Commenting on the great deal of assaults made on traffic police officers by army officials, RX Radio Presenter Olive Najjuma has decried the behavior of some military personnel whom she thinks are reflecting an adverse image of the force.
This was during The Fatboy Show while commenting on the tragic incidents that happened over the weekend in which a traffic officer was shot when trying to tow a military car that had knocked down a Kobil Petrol station sign post. It is alleged that the soldiers jumped off the Double cabin escort vehicle and asked where the vehicle was being taken before one of them fired gunshots at the tow truck, injuring the traffic officer Constable Robert Mukebezi who sat inside.
“It's not the first time that traffic officers have been attacked for doing their job. We've had army officers including the late Gen. Lokech attack and sometimes slap traffic officers for being pulled aside for driving on the pavement. But if you're high ranking and you expect that the laws work for other people and not for you, then you don't even deserve to be in that position,” she said.
James Onen, commonly known as Fatboy, said he was baffled by the behavior of third-world army officials in comparison to their counterparts in the western world. “In third-world countries, army personnel have a serious god-like complex, where they feel they are above everyone else and yet in most western countries, you find that military personnel like to make a show of their humility and willingness to serve,” he commented.
He added, “Here with our military personnel, one just has to be a minor officer, and suddenly the person feels like they own the world and don't have to listen to anyone. Maybe it's because the top brass dont inculcate these values, but maybe they too have the same mindset,” he thought.
The Presenters went on to talk about a general on Twitter who according to them likes to express himself by putting out provocative Tweets and yet when he receives hostile replies, the culprits get into trouble.
Olive curiously asked Fatboy whether he thought the general makes the provocative tweets for fun or while under another driving force. “There's a belief that he makes the posts while under the influence of something foreign because after making some comments in the past weeks, I've seen some people suggesting an intervention,” she said.
Fatboy in response said he thought the general enjoys the fun on the social media platform which he suggested would be fair if he also let others have theirs. “I am just saying that if he wants to say something spicy, let others also say something spicy and discontinue the arrests that is if he’s the one ordering for them.”
The two further thought it right if the general in question and other army officials denounced the behavior exhibited by the soldiers because of how the numerous incidents taint the army’s image.
The Fatboy show is hosted by James Onen aka Fatboy, Olive, Sarah and Lesham every weekday from 6am to 10am on RX Radio.