Show Me Some Respect, Kayihura Demands
By Serestino Tusingwire
The Inspector General Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura has asked Ugandans to accord him the respect he deserves rather than cursing him despite the good things he has done for the country.
“It is unfortunate that in Africa we don’t value great people. In European countries like the UK, people who have done good things are treasured. Books are written about them and the musician sing about them. But in Africa, we talk about people when they die. I wish we could have more birthdays than death days,” Kayihura said.
He made these remarks while delivering his address during during the requiem mass of Adrian Sibo at Rubaga Cathedral yesterday. Kayihura also called for the documentation of the history and attributes of great people, in order to inspire posterity.
“Our children and grand-children need to read about the values, experiences and works of the great people in the country. Today many of our young people are fond of chanting the ‘AGENDE’ slogan. This is risky,” he said.
Kayihura also pleaded with those who want him fired that he is an old man of the clan and needs to remain if Uganda is to remain strong.
“If you say chase away elders, you weaken yourself as an individual, as a family and as a country. You will lose out on the rich historical experience of these people and thus remain in ignorance,” he concluded.