By Jolly Gwari
The kidnap, torture, and death of local musician and People Power activist Michael Kalinda aka Ziggy Wine will not break down Ugandan youths’ resolve to bring about change in government, Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi said. Speaking at Ziggy’s vigil in Gganda in Nansana, Wakiso district on Monday night, a visibly angry Kyagulanyi said the murder of 28-year-old will only reinvigorate their resolve to bring to an end President Yoweri Museveni’s 33-year rule.
Ziggy, according to family members, had hallmarks of torture burns and his two fingers chopped off and his left eye gouged out.
Hon. Kyagulanyi cited the death in February 2018 of Moses Ssekibogo aka Mowzey Radio, a staunch supporter of President Museveni. Kyagulanyi said although Radio acknowledged the ills of the current government, he decided to stay on the fence and not say or do anything about it – hoping that the situation would get better with time.
Kyagulanyi further noted that Mozey Radio succumbed to injuries sustained in a bar brawl in Entebbe because the government has failed to build and stock hospitals with medicines for all Ugandans, Radio had to be rushed from Entebbe some 45km away so as to get proper medical attention.
And even then, Kyagulanyi said, when he was rushed to Nsambya hospital, he did not get the much needed treated and was referred to Case clinic where he passed on despite Museveni contributing $8,300 (Shs 30m) towards his medical bills. ”Radio’s silence contributed to the continuation of the current system that has continued to torment Ugandans. Radio hoped things would sort out themselves but they did not. Things only got worse” Bobi Wine said.
Kyagulanyi said that in times of dictatorships, it is always musicians who stand up to rally people to bring an end to the people’s suffering. Kyagulanyi said Ugandan musicians can choose between taking money from Museveni and stay as house slaves or help the plantation slaves (citizens) to bring an end to slavery. ”These acts of torture for me are actually a sign of fear.
Once you lose your fear for them, they lose their control over you. For me, I lost my fear for them sometime back and they can’t touch me. What can they now say to me?” Kyagulanyi said.
Kyagulanyi said, unlike their parents who feared death and let Museveni’s rule carry on unchallenged, the current generation will fight on so their children do not suffer like they are suffering. ”Everyone is a candidate for death. Never let anyone use death to intimidate you from doing what you ought to do.
Museveni and his men are not immortal. They also have 10 fingers like all of us. They too will die as well…Ziggy has gone early and even those who tortured him to death will also follow him. Don’t cry for Ziggy anymore, they have killed him, they have finished him. Think about yourself and your children and what you can do.” added Kyagulanyi.