We should blame the individuals committing crimes, not the president!


Kasese Clashes Commander Maj. Gen Peter Elwelu


By Peter Gwokto via UAH forum,

I am beginning to think Amin is walloping in Allah’s heavenly glory because the number of unproven murder charges verbalized against him far outweigh the real incidents – if any can be directly linked to him such as Oboth, Oryema, Lowum and Kiwanuka. We can’t ignore the fact that more have been brutally murdered in this regime than Amin’s. However, death is death and every dead body on the streets and safehouses is somebody’s father, son, husband, brother, and sister – a loss to someone. Period.

The commission of sin is not transferrable. Let no ‘bad element’ convince himself that killing an innocent man or woman is the responsibility of the leader he serves. This may be the case here on earth but before God we are responsible for the sins we knowingly committed. There is no communual responsibility for or ownership of a sin even though we are quick to assert that the Acholi or Banyankole or Kakwa were killers. So is forgiveness: there are two levels of forgiveness – by the victim and by God. The two are very separate. There are also two levels of confession: thru repentence to God and apology to the victim. On bended knees, repenting to God in tears isn’t enough absolution until you receive forgiveness from the victim.
My family lost a couple, too but my late grandfather (a devoted Catholic to the bones) warned the clan against blaming others because we knew specifically who some of the killers were. I was too young but I caught wind of most of these challenges. Just because a political situation offers a great opportunity to murder and get away with it, does not mean you will escape in the heavenly court. I went to Comboni College in Lira for sec. sch. in the early 80s. 1km between the school and Ngetta experimental farm were two huge homes being eaten away by weeds. The occupant families could not maintain them beacause the true owners were murdered doctors – who had the money.

Any mention of the atrocious past triggers two things: sadness to the bereaved and eagerness by the bad-intentioned to repeat these atrocities out of spite or for fun.Yes, there are people who kill for fun. Is it possible 300,000 Ugandans died during Amin’s regime? Yes, could be more. Did Amin kill all of them? No. As HoS, did he kill all of them by association? Yes. Before God, is he responsible for the death of all 300,000? Absolutely not. If he killed only Lowum out of the 300,000 God will not do him in for the 299,999. God will deal with the killers individually. That is why it is important to repent for your sins as you know them than be devastated by the additions of men for sins you did not commit.

When Kony’s rapists force a son to copulate with his mother or sister at gun-point it is sin by the son in the eyes of God. Why? it is because, to remain pure the son or brother should have chosen to die – however brutally – than knowingly commit the sin just to save a life that will still end some day, anyway. And, just because a mother or sister choses to forgive his son or brother does not mean God has forgiven him.

Talking about sin and forgiveness, here is my last experience: One of the greatest SRB operators in Lira was a well-known local son who was HP of Comboni in the 70s. I got to meet him personally in the 80s. Listen to this twist: after the 1979 invasion he disappeared and many thought he was either killed or entered Sudan. Two years later, he appeared in town. The problem was that although people talked bitterly about his activities in Lira, when he reappeared, he was even more untouchable than when he was SRB. He reappeared as Oyitte’s ADC. By the time the newspaper published his picture from recovered documents salvaged from Nakasero, he was too close to Oyitte and too powerful to be arrested. Folks forgave him and he moved on but his deal with God was far from over. He played the same game again in 1986 and served for 3 years+ in Kaguta’s government before he and Namitti were gathered for their final trip to the lakeside university.

I have known Uganda’s political murders long enough to know who to blame. Folks just take advantage of the security vacuum. But the truth is, many culprits have not been convicted – and will never be – because the public is always quick to lay it all on the then president and turn attention away from the known culprit. Political crimes and bluntant murders in Uganda have been influenced extensively by the time factor. It takes the shortest time to neglect the most absurd crimes. Bad things happen too quickly in Uganda that the only way to get away from responsibility is to expect or create a new one as soon as possible to wipe away the most recent. If we continue to blame regime leaders instead of convicting the actual perpetuators, murders will continue to be a part of our regime change forever and murderers will continue to ram the country at large and openly.

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