It’s said politics is a dirty game but some of us have always opposed and reasoned instead that it is a clean game, but it is bad players who make it dirty.
In a week just gone by, Uganda tasted a potent dose of dirty politics thanks to the dubious People Power outfit, and it could get worse.
We have been seeing the signs for some time and it is no surprise what ghetto politics is all about.
Which people’s power are we dealing with if deception, manipulation, the potential to violence and murder is the language of play? This is not the Ugandan way. It is ghetto culture and politics.
It all began as an obscure but straightforward and unfortunate case of an unfamiliar young man Ziggy Wine (Micheal Alinda) getting involved in a road accident but because he was said to have been a member of the People Power Club, his fate was quickly woven into a web of lies to benefit the club’s grim political agenda of blackmail and forceful search for affection.
Family members and the club conspired to change the narrative of what had happened to him, and may have failed to provide him with adequate care in order to prolong his agony.
Unfortunately, he didn’t make it and that made things worse for those who saw an opportunity to tell a different story.
They had managed to feed false information in the media as sources. A major newspaper published the first major story Ziggy Wine alleging that he had been kidnapped, tortured and his eyes plucked out.
This was later to form the baseline of subsequent reporting.
Their sources were People Power leaning and they didn’t carry out due to diligence to establish the facts before writing.
Now the media house looks ‘funny’ as its sources cannot stand the avalanche of evidence supplied by Uganda Police force which should be commended for taking up the matter and effectively debunking the fake alternative news.
They took the government’s measured response to early reports as a weakness or lack of goodwill from the witnesses who saw the accident happen.
Up to now, they are on the defensive but the facts are too great to be buried with the deceased.
It is so shameful for anybody, let alone a leader, to act with so much depravity without remorse.
The mass media should henceforth be observant and stick to professional ethics to avoid being misled or sold “cooked tips” to get their business and personal careers in problems. May Ziggy Wine’s soul rest in eternal peace!