The drama and all pretences are over. Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, having experienced and tested the turbulent waters (in form of exercising authority over and above what is provided for in the applicable rules of procedure) came to face to face with reality. He was not going to sustain his demand for a written apology from Hon. Ssemujju et al. There was going to be a show down in Parliament on Tuesday – and the pressure on him was becoming unbearable gauging from the “kicks and punches” he was receiving from the day he ordered the physical removal of the MP from the house. The lines had been drawn and the following actions were all targeting the Dep. Speaker:
· a court case was to be lodged in the constitutional court to dismiss his orders
· the opposition was to table a motion to investigate his behavior
· the three MPs were threatening to enter Parliament by force – repeatedly emphasizing that they will never apologize to him in this case.
In order to find a soft landing, he called the Leader of opposition in Parliament (Hon. Mafabi) and went into peace talks, which resulted into the unexpected – Oulanyah turned out to be the man to apologise “on their behalf”. The rest is the history our children will read about in the years ahead.
The reason I am penning down these few paragraphs is not for any political objective, but for the purpose of discussing JUSTICE. In recent years, the noble values of Justice and honesty have deteriorated almost irreparably in our society (country). People with authority have introduced the culture of bending the laws to serve their selfish interests to the detriment of their subordinates or followers. This practice is slowly changing the way people perceive the laws. Instead of protecting us, and establishing fairness, laws have become the tools which the leaders use to oppress, marginalize, and harass the weak. It is very common these days for leaders to twist laws, rules, and regulations to exercise and assert their superiority (or settle scores with opponents), even if such laws were never designed for such purposes. These things amount to INJUSTICE and in my own view are eroding people’s confidence in the law.
What Hon. Ssemujju did in Parliament was the action of “last resort” for a weak person being unjustifiably harassed by a powerful leader using the law. He defied and accepted to bear the consequences of the forceful actions of the man with authority. The lesson from this scenario to me is one. We need to gather courage and say no to leaders who abuse their authority and power under the cover of the law. This is one PRACTICAL way of fighting INJUSTICE.