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Olive: Is The President Saying That What Happened To People Like Kakwenza Was Okay?

RX Radio Presenter Olive Najjuma has questioned the statements made by President Museveni during the launch of the New Law Year 2022 at the High Court in Kampala where he referred to his son Muhoozi Kainerygaba who doubles as the Commander of Land Forces as his avenger.

Expressing uneasiness against granting murder suspects bail, the President commented, “In my culture, when you wrong me, my clan has a duty to avenge. That's why my son was born, I named him Muhoozi which means vengeance, such that when someone wrongs me, he avenges.”

Commenting on this, Olive asked, “Is the President trying to indirectly say that whatever happened to people like Kakwenza who insulted him and the first son was okay? That was vengeance?!”

Fatboy, her Co-host, replied that, “He's trying to let you know that in Uganda we operate with our own rules. So he was very indirectly saying, ‘don't mess with us.’ But I don't know if it speaks well of where the country is headed because this is a negative attitude. This business of vengeance and avenging; what happened to forgiveness and tolerance?”

Olive added, “It's so obvious that it has reached a point where the President doesn't care about what you, me or any other Ugandan thinks of certain things done by his army. Because statements like these show that they will punish you their way when you insult them.”

The President's remarks on vengeance comes days after the release of satirical novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija who was arrested and allegedly tortured by security forces after he made abusive tweets directed towards President Museveni and the first son Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

After being granted bail, on February 2, 2022, Kakwenza revealed evidence of being severely tortured in a video that went viral on social media showing several scars stretching from across his back, inner thighs, legs and feet apparently caused by harsh whipping during detention.

“When I look at that picture of the back with all those scars, I really wonder what I am looking at! Is this The Passion Of The Christ? I mean how badly they whipped Jesus in that Mel Gibson movie- how can a human being inflict this much pain on another?” asked Fatboy.

“I watched the new Spiderman No Way Home last week and the running theme is forgiveness and second chances. Even for people that may have committed the most heinous crimes against you, you must not be overcome by anger that will make you do something that will affect you for the rest of your life. So seeing Muhoozi being referred to as an avenger by his father probably means that perhaps this is the attitude of forgiveness and not being quick to anger that he needs to adopt,” Fatboy suggested.

The Fatboy show is hosted by James Onen aka Fatboy, Olive, Sarah and Lesham every weekday from 6am to 10am on RX Radio.

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