A section of Ugandans has bizarrely taken to social media to bemock grieving state minister for Water and Environment, also Mukono North MP, Ronald Kibuule.
The two-year-olds, Roman Kato and Rayden Wasswa drowned in a family swimming pool in Mbalala, Mukono yesterday evening. While many have empathized with the minister and his wife, some have used the tragedy to remind the minister about his past transgressions.
Below are some of the picks from Twitter. There are even more unprintable reactions on Facebook. (Editors note: while we do not approve of the idea to bemock anyone grieving loss of life no matter your perceptions about them, it is also important to bring out these reactions from the populace for self-reflections and guidance on the direction that the nation needs to take forward).
I would like to send my condolences to Kibuule's wife only. Bye— Christopher Kiggundu (@kcchristopher98) May 14, 2019
That’s why I put it clear for the sake of the twins may their souls Rest In Peace. But for Kibuule no love for such guys. Am honest with my self on that. I ain’t gonna hide behind condolence messages.— Joseph Kevin Kulubya (@kevin_kulubya) May 13, 2019
This kind of vile thinking towards Hon.Kibuule during times of grief is despicable & worrying. It speaks to an angry nation that needs urgent healing. What has really gone wrong?— @SKNjala (@SimonKaggwaNjal) May 13, 2019
I don’t think God can listen to our prayers with the bitterness we have in our hearts, two wrongs can’t make a right, Hon Kibuule May your children’s souls rest in perfect peace— Patience Kemigisha (@kemigishapatie) May 13, 2019
I know it's sad but sometimes when people hate a regime , they hate the people benefiting from it most and all those conected to them . It's a pity for Hon . Kibuule though . Let God comfort him— Nakibinge Brian (@BrianNakibinge) May 13, 2019
As journalists under the @UPPA_Ug umbrella, we send Condolences to the family of Hon. Kibuule Min of State for Water who has this evening lost his twin boys who drowned in a family swimming pool in Mukono. So sad!!!! #UPPAUpdates pic.twitter.com/z75n9CsKSj— Uganda Parliamentary Press Association (@UPPA_Ug) May 13, 2019
So so sad after hearing the heartbreaking news of the loss of Hon. Ronald Kibuule’s little angels.— Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng (@JaneRuth_Aceng) May 13, 2019
No parent deserves this.
May the Good Lord comfort Hon. and his family as the little angels rest in God’s arms.
My condolences to Hon. Kibuule and family on the loss of your twins. May their souls rest in Eternal Peace.— Denis Indani (@Indani12) May 13, 2019
The people who were shot dead on orders of #Kibuule, over illegal land evictions which didn't even belong to him also had families left behind.— Blackbeard™️ (@mkyewalabye) May 13, 2019
You can’t control how Facebook react towards the loss of Hon. Kibuule’s children. People are hurt, don’t expect them to say nice things or be kind.— 👸🏿Tel (@HiRolla1) May 13, 2019
I know it’s all wrong but who am I to tell them to be nice?
In life there is that pain that can never way away from ones heart but losing a kid is something no parent should go through Hon kibuule be the strongest may the little ones rest in peace— Namutebi sumaya (@SumayaNamutebi) May 13, 2019
Am not celebrating that the twins died, i just pray their souls rest in Peace..but what Kibuule is doing to his citizens around him is not good at all..Sometimes our own Parents bring us into troubles & curses just because they are fighting for us to be good. #StayInYourLane— Omukiga kashushu👈 (@Tonix_Ug) May 14, 2019
Uganda is really broken. We have lost Ubuntu as witnessed whenever a government official has a misfortune.
The number of people on different online platforms jubilating because Kibuule has lost his children is very appalling. We are broken.— Chaos Theory (@Samwyri) May 14, 2019
If u listen carefully, u will get the message— Sula Ahmed Kawooya (@sula_ahmed) May 14, 2019
But how did this start? FYI am sad about the twins passing and share Kibuule's pain but we now have two problems.— kalyx Moses (@kalyxmoses) May 14, 2019
Do government officials Commiserate with the common man? May be that is where everything starts from.— Usher Paul (@Usher_paul7) May 14, 2019
When something VERY BAD and sad happens to someone U HATE the most. U just get Confused what to say as a human.— Fantasies Galz performing artists group (@fantasiesgalz) May 14, 2019
May the almighty Have mercy on these angels however as for Kibuule i have no kind words..after seeing the wailing from old women when he destroyed a whole village..— edmund (@ayepasteven) May 14, 2019
Kibuule's twins have really hurt me. That pain shouldn't be felt by any parent. May they they rest in peace.— Ian Nkera Ford (@InK_era35) May 14, 2019
When did the rain start bearing us ? The moral fabric that held Ugandans together has been torn - who is responsible for that tear ? What makes someone wake up to jubilate over another persons loss ?Those are the questions we should be asking— I bring numbers (@ZeeroBrain) May 14, 2019
The Politicians need to take a second look into the mirror.— Berlin (@Kitinda_) May 14, 2019
Short of that, Ugandans be like this 👇,for every calamity that befalls them. pic.twitter.com/8tFRA78aoz
You're utterly stupid and foolish if you're celebrating joyously the demise of Hon. min. Kibuule's twins.— #ThisTaxMustGo (@nshekah) May 14, 2019
So so sad indeed, May the almighty God comfort Mr. Kibuule and Nalongo in this tragic moment. God gives and takes, RIP Kato n Wasswa @Parliament_Ug— kagali henry (@kagalihenry1) May 14, 2019
Imagine this level of hunger and bitterness towards those in Authority have built for themselves towards citizens Hon.Kibuule ....even when you lose your beloved one people are expressing anger.— Harunah Kiyemba (@harunakiye) May 14, 2019
May Allah give us clean hearts and live towards each other as Ugandans. pic.twitter.com/O2D3nQJ1yi
Mat God strengthen Minister Ronald Kibuule through this trying time... pic.twitter.com/0g0PjOqIah— Amanya Innocent 🇺🇬 (@OuttaApex) May 14, 2019
It's very tragic what happened to Hon. Kibuule's twins. Routine makes us all susceptible to negligent omissions or actions. If you have a home swimming pool & kids nearby, it's always important to have guard rails around the pool & a pool cover. Let's pick lessons from this.— Pathy (@PathyKlinn) May 14, 2019
Dear Ugandans, in times of death, we need to stand with each other and not attack each other. Please, let’s not attack Hon. Kibuule. It’s a difficult time for him and his family. Mocking and laughing at him isn’t a... https://t.co/LbisKoN6hX— James Peterson (@RadioGenious) May 14, 2019
And no one should interfere when God is rewarding another for his/her bad or good deeds. So let Kibuule reap what he sow. https://t.co/jw2YPQvtMs— Bymez Dickson (@bymez_dickov) May 14, 2019
Bye bye little Angles (R.I.P)— @Simorash2015 (@SimonRash) May 14, 2019
May the Good Lord Strengthen you Big bro Hon minister kibuule and Nalongo fortunate.
It's a great sadness I heard a terrible loss of honourable Kibuule's twins. It's so sad but may God continue strengthening him in this trying moment and may there souls rest in peace.— Patrick Kyaligonza (@PatrickKyaligo9) May 14, 2019
I don't know, how my long time Friend hon Kibuule is feeling, this is really a tragedy, loosing two kids at the same time ohhhhh who were born on the same day, Allah it's who gives and you have taken, strengthen that puzzled family I pray— Miiro Ziinda (@MiiroZiinda1) May 14, 2019
i think this is not the best time for Kibuule or any family member to be using social media, now or ever again..— Albert | KatruGuma l★ (@albertKatruGuma) May 13, 2019
It’s a total grieve to hear the sad story of the drown of your twins brother Hon. Min. Kibuule so sad May The Holy Mighty provides you courage and strength to pass via this trying moment and Nalongao relatives at large pic.twitter.com/ti7EeRg7OL— Lubega (@Lubega42085249) May 14, 2019
Can't find the right words to console Minister Kibuule on his loss, such a devastating tragedy to take in.— Scott 🔅 (@sc_tto) May 14, 2019
Heartfelt condolences 💔💔
It’s a tragedy that Minister Ronald KIBUULE lost his twins but also remember the cries of families that lost its homes, Land & loved ones in an 85-acre land-grab in Buikwe facilitated by #UPDF on KIBUULE’s orders. Death is death, but also the Bible says “you reap what you sow.” pic.twitter.com/oBb764lepN— Ganda🍁 (@IAmSegawa) May 14, 2019
Ugandan tabloids for once respect a grieving family! & respect the dead esp innocent children! Save us yo pettiness& stupid unsolicited theories! Ssalongo Hon Kibuule @HonKibuule , Nnalongo &yo family sorry wama. Just support each other& ignore nonsense! Rest In Peace cute angels pic.twitter.com/Ptt9PQLGpR— Justine Nameere (@JustineNameere) May 13, 2019
And you know who took it to the dogs ? People like Kibuule ! https://t.co/zCgYycYZkE— I bring numbers (@ZeeroBrain) May 14, 2019
Hon. Kibuule's children's demise is saddening and provides such questions about home or otherwise safety for children. We have had cases of school drownings and other related accidents. Children too are slippery. Don't blink an eye. Watch over them always. May they rest in peace https://t.co/bQ5HUVVTz9— Joseph Arinanye (@joseph_arinanye) May 13, 2019
My deepest sympathies to Minister, Hon Kibuule, even if you killed and tortured people etc but greed is part of this NRM government. I ask that May God strengthen you in this dark moment. May your twins Souls R.I.P pic.twitter.com/FzWD1XA1VN— ©Kulisi 🇺🇬🇷🇼🇰🇪🇹🇿 (@maisochris) May 14, 2019
RIP to the little ones,my heartfelt condolences to Hon Kibuule and family https://t.co/YSDw5mwOzK— muhindo moris (@MorisMuhindo) May 14, 2019
@SimonKaggwaNjal and @Umwamikazi11, while I feel deeply saddened by the death of the little angels, I am not going 2 pretend 2 condole with Mr. Kibuule who razed down people's houses and got some killed while he was trying 2 steal their land! https://t.co/QJ2wN2hGfn— FreeMyPeople (@j_musisi) May 14, 2019
Babylonians out there celebrating the death of Kibuule's innocent twins. Our differences in the political arena shouldn't drag us to this kind of stupidity.— K'naan (@QenanTrejo) May 14, 2019
RIP little sauls but for ronald kibuule feel the JOY of loosing someone you LOVE he's lucky its nature that ruled suppose twaz at smone's ORDER— Enock ssendege (@ESsendege) May 14, 2019
Personally I don't like kibuule Ronald due to his bad behaviours like evicting poor families from their land and his political conduct is bad BUT I honestly stand with him in this sad moment. This is terrible. As a parent, losing a kid or wife is worrying. pic.twitter.com/rtn7Kgn3cl— Sembajja Med @sc villa (@SembajjaMed) May 14, 2019
The replies and comments on the death of twins belonging to Minister Ronald Kibuule shows how disintegrated our society is. Not even divine intervention can reshape this nation. The vile, the anger, the... https://t.co/1bohSM63Aw— macleen mugabe thoma (@macleenmugabeth) May 14, 2019
Whatever Ugandans are doing to hon.kibuule is so backward and unnecessary in my view .— Kato Paul KP (@KATOPau28660299) May 13, 2019
That kibuule u see over there was involved in a land wrangle that saw over 200 and plus people get evicted from their land, the curses people spit could leave him alone— So Relaxed™🇺🇬 (@jrklaim) May 13, 2019
it's so sad Mr Kibuule!!!! At times the God punishes so much the enemy and even the offended gets surprised!!! However, this is a learning point for us as a country. Collecting much reaches at your home to the expense of the poor pays back harshly.— Luyima Joseph (@LuyimaJoseph4) May 13, 2019
Politics & all other differences aside first...Twitter community let's join our hearts together and pray for our brother & fellow parent Ssalongo Kibuule for the tragedy that has just befallen him...May the good Lord comfort him through this trying moment.— Salongo Rogers🇺🇬 (@Salongo86) May 13, 2019
Kibuule should not have brought those babies into existence in the first place. Even the best lives, contrary to popular opinion, ultimately contain more bad than good. #Antinatalism— Bulla Man (@KeizyZulu) May 13, 2019