Activism is not a crime

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Activism is not a crime and can never be a crime except to those that resist change and manipulate the law to their advantage and It is sad that Uganda has steadily degenerated into a country where freedom for activism is strongly restricted

Human rights activists continue demanding social justice in Uganda, Oct, 29th, Makerere University arrested and suspended some of the students during the strike, On 4th November Police arrested Kizza Besigye the opposition leader, his vehicle was destroyed and toyed during the arrest and government seems to be paying a deaf ear on the situation that is going around the country, and can it really rarely end happily?

The military is following events closely and brutalizing citizens who continue demanding social justice (fighting the injustices in the country). Similar demands for root ignited last few months which Bobi wine is spearheading the movement (people power) and the government calls them rebels really? When someone disagrees with the rotten system, he/she be called a rebel.

Truth be told, the fear is too much in Uganda, Activists have no say, opposition is ever silenced on these social issues, the bitter truth is that the “system” will not change. The military top commander has backed the police and warned activists against making persistent demands

In many ways, the story of activism and its transformation in Uganda is an underground hacking outfit because of many reasons (Military regime).

Ugandan police the last few weeks has been arresting activists at the Makerere University in response to a strike that sparked off a few days ago. The arrests marked the end of the beginning of a new capture of struggle and the Military camping at the university exposed the secrets, powerful, weakness of the government.

In more than three decades since Uganda attained political independence, the stories of women Activists in the liberation struggle is yet to be told and celebrated. There are so many untold stories of women’s role in the resistance against the regime. However, a new generation of women activists are determined to reclaim these narratives and change the systems

Stella Nyanzi was sentenced to 18 months’ prison on controversial charges of harassing President Yoweri Museveni but she is not happy with system, Siperia Mollie was recently brutalized along with other girls at Makerere University stormed the streets over alleged increased tuition at Makerere university and so many Activists have tortured in the fight for social justice

We have prisons and reports of activists (prisoners) from the protest being held there amid allegations of torture and abuse. This issue is bigger than all of us, and we cannot wait for the next generation to solve it. We are running out of excuses to not take action, and running out of time

Indeed, Activism in Uganda is a crime but citizens we should always keep the oppressor on the defensive side. Changing the systems in Uganda is about more than talking, it’s also about collective efforts

Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

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