"We shall exert our energies to ensure that all people irrespective of their state in life get equal and just treatment before the law and a fair trial process. This is the only way the interests and concerns of both the victims of the crime for whom the state enjoined to legally revenge can be assured through the dual-process," said David Muhoozi, the state minister of Internal Affairs on the brutal kidnap of members of parliament - Allan Sewanyana and Muhammad Segirinya.
I opine that the minister should lecture his colleagues in the UPDF and police how to follow the law in every operation they go for before spewing ineffectual and continuous apologies in the media. They were trained to conceivably treat suspects like wildlife.
That is mob justice and as long as Mr Museveni is still hungering for more power, Ugandans should not expect any alteration in their barbaric ways in order to align with the acceptable international and domestic criminal laws.
The National Resistance Movement (NRM) is undoubtedly notorious for goading and perpetuating violation of human rights and other civil liberties as long as it is in the interest of the supremo chairman - Gen Museveni. Savagery describes the 35-years of Museveni's presidency and this, together with other heaps of maladministration, have continued to outrage Ugandans despite innumerable magniloquent apologies and sugarcoating.
When the UPDF cornered unarmed boxer, Zebra Mando, shot him several times despite capitulation, they abandoned his corpse riddled with bullets and Museveni apologized on behalf of the ruthless officers but up to now Uganda Police are still waiting for the president's orders, they said, to arrest the UPDF brutes.
We have also seen journalists being brutalized by UPDF and police officers on live coverage; the latter apologizes, the former takes it with equanimity only to be brutalized again and again and life continues.
Impliedly, it is easier for the brutes to apologize than changing their brutal ways which makes their apologetic utterances a mockery and very useless in the eyes of the victims.
Gen David Muhoozi should be addressed that the words "we are sorry" have lost meaning to those who have faced UPDF and police addiction to brutality and proliferation of the same but what he should know is that the best apology ever to offer to Ugandans is changed behavior which is practically impossible since it is only one man—the tyrant hiding behind the mask of democracy yet practices Musevenocracy—who benefits from all this barbarism because his greed for power is insatiable until he paddles far beyond.
Frequent use of "sorry" by the UPDF officers like David Muhoozi reduces the effectiveness of an apology and undermines the trust of the victims—Ugandans. Myself as a victim of barbarism that almost summarized my life, I can never accept an ounce of apology from my malevolent tormentors.
How do you forgive someone who, instead of arresting you in accordance with the law and committing you to court, beats and hangs you like Jesus? You see, Jesus loved his enemies and they ended up crucifying him. If he had fought them, he would have won them since he was the 'son' of God.
We have no option but to take it that all the security forces are Mr Museveni's 'royal guards' masquerading as though serving the country whereas working tooth and nail to keep the country encapsulated in a musevenocracy brand of democracy.
Mr Museveni and his chamchas in the police and army should address their minds to the fact that saying "sorry" doesn't work well when the actions taken to apologize do not match those used to enhance trust between them as oppressors and us as victims.
Human relationships are founded on trust, a trait built up through authenticity, empathy, and logic. It is embarrassing that the security agencies are putting themselves in a mirror of shame because of their unchanged behavior of terrorizing Ugandans on behalf of one age-ogynous curmudgeon who has outlived his welcome.
Only when a leader takes accountability for their actions and begins steps to prevent the behavior in the future can they really begin to make amends with the victims. Before that, we always have the right to refuse a cosmetic apology meant to sweep barbarism under the carpet.
As Ugandans especially after 69-years of independence, we always deserve to feel safe, happy and respected in our country not otherwise.
Author is a human rights activist