Sisimuka Uganda founder, Frank Gashumba, has taken it upon himself to remind the government of President Yoweri Museveni that it is indeed time to go.
“Whatever you do, it’s time to go. You have sucked this country dry and now you must go,” Gashumba reiterated while attacking Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) for threatening to revoke the broadcasting licence of NTV Uganda that has been hosting him.
In a directive dated October 10, 2016, signed by UCC spokesperson Fred Otunnu, the regulator ordered NTV to stop hosting programmes that give the controversial activist a chance to mudsling government and its officials.
The regulator accuses Gashumba of using profane and abusive language whenever he appears on TV.
Gashumba responded by calling UCC “Genetically, blessed certified cowards” and assured the UCC executive director Eng Godfrey Mutabazi that no one can stop him or make him give up on this country.
Gashumba said he was given only six minutes on NTV yet government spokespersons have an entire media apparatus of the country, wondering why UCC was witch-hunting him.
“The government has people like Ofwono Opondo and Col. Shaban Bantariza (who are always on TVs, Radios and in papers on a daily basis) among other forms of government public relations. Does this make me stronger than the entire government media arms?”
Gashumba warned that if media houses abide by such “primitive and cowardly orders”, they would be setting a wrong precedent.
“It such a directive today, tomorrow they will order you to fire a news anchor for always putting on blue!”
Vowing never to give up his fundamental rights, Gashumba warned that now government through UCC, will even control when, how and who sneezes.
“This is our country, we will rescue it. Don’t provoke us anymore. You have killed all state institutions. You have destroyed everything. You are creating an impoverished population so you can control them forever!”
Gashumba wondered why UCC makes it look that bad to criticise government.
Citing the former South African president, Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned for nearly three decades and a blackman, Barack Obama, who became a president of United States of America, Gashumba concluded that anything was possible.
“Anything is possible. We [Uganda] will survive you [Museveni regime] too. You have killed the economy flat out. People are poor beyond repair Supermarkets including Nakumatt are also in a bad shape. Children have no school fees. Banks are collapsing and you say the economy is okay?”
He went on: “People only eat meat on funerals. People don’t have money. You have stolen from the country.”
Gashumba even called for a general clemency for former presidents Idi Amin and Dr Milton Obote saying their regimes were not as bad as Museveni’s regime.