Harriet Nakamya, the newly appointed Kanungu Resident District Commissioner, describes those who follow former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, as cockroaches.
In a YouTube video, Nakamya is heard telling boda boda riders she has given them a gift in order to ignore Amama when he visits his home district.
Apparently, the motorcyclists are now allowed to ferry two people at the same time, contrary to earlier traffic rules barring them from the act.
Nakamya told them the development would help them earn some extra income because taxis are making more money by carrying more people.
“That is the gift I have given you. Traffic must allow you to carry two people,” she said while the crowd clapped and cheered.
“Clap for me again,” she demanded.
She then castigated those members who had not clapped at the announcement of her gift labelling them pro-Amama.
“Those who are not happy may be support Mbabazi,” she said, allowing the cheers and noise to run through the gathering.
“Eeeh, are you Mbabazi supporters?” she queried.
Nakamya who was speaking in a Runyankole then mixed it with English telling the cyclists that it was President Yoweri Museveni who had directed her to weed out Mbabazi leaning leaders.
She mentioned a one Robert Nakambale, chairpersons and other boda boda leaders who reportedly went on radios after being paid money to abuse a minister [who she doesn’t mention].
She said it was not the first time and this won’t happen again.
“I have suspended them,” she announced.
“Whether you want it or not, they are no longer your leaders. We have put them aside. Let them rest.”
She continued: “Let me tell you the truth. Those leaders and disorganisers giving people money are just cockroaches.”
A murmur ran through the crowd as the RDC emphasised her point.
“We have the doom. They are just cockroaches.”
She assured the gathering that there was no need to look for guns in order to deal with such pests.
“They are just cockroaches and we have the doom. No need to look for guns and sticks. For what? To kill cockroaches? We are the ones with the doom.”
Listen to Nakamya calling people cockroaches here:
“Shiiiish shiiish,” she demonstrated the sound and action of spraying doom on cockroaches.
The word cockroaches was used in 1994 Rwandan genocide
A local radio, Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLMC), was used to broadcast racist propaganda, obscene jokes and music that catapulted the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
“You have to kill the Tutsis, they’re cockroaches,” presenters were often heard on RTLMC telling Hutus.
‘All those who are listening, rise so we can fight for our Rwanda. Fight with the weapons you have at your disposal: those who have arrows, with arrows, those who have spears, with spears. We must all fight.’
‘We must all fight the Tutsis. We must finish with them, exterminate them, sweep them from the whole country. There must be no refuge for them.’
‘They are cockroaches. They must be exterminated. There is no other way.’
While Rwanda continues to nurse the terrible aftermath of the holocaust, a Ugandan RDC 20 years after is labelling people “cockroaches” and will “exterminate them with doom”.
At the start of September, Nakamya, reported for duty despite a resolution by the Kanungu District Council rejecting her appoint.
Nakamya was posted to Kanungu district from Rukungiri in the recent reshuffle of Resident District Commissioners.
According to URN, Kanungu District officials questioned the timing of her posting saying it was meant to silence the supporters of Mbabazi in his own home district.
Kanungu District councilors passed a resolution in an extra ordinary council meeting rejecting the appointment of Nakamya.
The councilors argued that Nakamya wasn’t developmental and therefore they can’t work with her forcing the NRM cadre to mobilise people in Rukungiri to escort her to her new work stations in Kanungu district amidst heavy Police protection.
In her speech quoted by URN, Nakamya expressed concern about some of the leaders in Kanungu whom she accused of out rightly rejecting her even when she hasn’t had any opportunity to work with them.
Nakamya said such leaders are being misinformed by a few individuals for selfish gains and made it clear that she is in the area to defend the interests of the ruling NRM party and its leadership no matter what it takes.
Chris Baryomunsi, the State minister for Health and Kinkizi East Member of Parliament said the councilors don’t have a right to vet or refuse any person appointed Resident District Commissioner adding that the resolution by the council rejecting Nakamya is null and void.
The radio quotes Baryomunsi swearing to protect Nakamya in his capacity as a minister hailing from the area to ensure she executes her roles without fear.