Defilement in the spotlight, the corrupt justice system, and citizens at failure.

Spotlight again, they hold their faces and shake their heads sideways in shock, is it the broadcast or the practice? This causes worthy ranting and a little bit of media unrest. Unfortunately, soon comes the winds, these unnoticeably blow away all the meaningful attention. Again, it is the unsolved happenings, again, to indifference towards the reoccurrences.

The night of 19th April caught many in shock of a disturbing but worthy broadcast made by NBS TV in their famous NBS investigates program. The media house’s investigation into the skyrocketing numbers of defiled girls in Masindi was not the most shocking in the broadcast, even when humanly, that ought to be shocking enough, blocking the victims’ advances towards justice, not just by bribing them off but also corrupting the criminal justice system to get away with such grave crimes against children is more unspeakably shocking.

And while there is relevancy in discussing the injustice in the justice system of Uganda, that which often bends rather than upholding the law as is such in this situation, there is not many citizens can better in such a short run of unstructured social media ranting as they desire. Could be a few bad tomatoes and not the whole basket. Of course, not the reverse, but then, what is there to be done, not for just now?

When, unfortunately, sooner than later, an invisible wind blows with new headlines or boredom around the current national conversation, the nation moves on before it heals, the problem is skipped rather than solved, sooner or later. Same news, same shock, and the same style of moving on.

Writer: BARYAMUJURA MAHAD is passionate about social justice.


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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