Dishonesty a basis for Uganda’s Election 2016 Politicking

I got back in to the city last evening after being away – up country – for the a week. Today, I have accessed my face book and seen images alleging Uganda police brutality – undressing a woman who is a member of the Forum for Democratic Change, one of Uganda’s opposition parties http://africanspotlight.com/2015/10/11/uganda-police-strip-female-opposition-leader-naked-while-arresting-her-photo-video/.

Then I saw a post by Justus Amanya​ in which he showed with video footage that it is actually not the police who undressed the woman but rather it is the woman who undressed herself – presumably in order to shock the police. Justus surmised that it was likely planned entrapment of the police – as in the FDC coached the woman to undress in order to embarrass the police and in order to score political points.

I have re-watched the footage presented by both sides, and not being camera/video smart, I can not really tell who has carefully edited/doctored the video for their specific brand of propaganda. I shall consult with my tech-smart brothers, Emmanuel Owaraga​ and James Owaraga​.

Nevertheless, at this moment, I fail to accept to elevate this woman’s act to that of the women who undressed for the authorities in order to protest state sanctioned land grabs in Northern Uganda and in North-Eastern Uganda early this year https://nowaraga.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/conflicts-in-ugandas-land-tenure/ In fact I think, she vulgarizes that powerful action/method of protest that woman world over have used to maximum effect. I fail to see how her act comes close to such acts as used by my hero Wangari Maathai​.

“Maathai was a consistent thorn in the side of the autocratic administration of Daniel arap Moi which lasted over two decades up to 2002, and she revolutionised the act of protest in Kenya by centering it on the female body. In urging the protesting mothers of detainees to strip when threatened by security officers who were threatening to break up their protests, Maathai wove traditional beliefs on nudity and gender together with contemporary political struggles to foment a decisive moment in the struggle that brought women into the centre of a political discourse in which they had only previously been included peripherally. She was an intellectual and an activist who ultimately did more to spur on the democratic movement in Kenya than nearly anyone else.” http://africanarguments.org/2015/10/06/wangari-maathai-was-not-a-good-woman-kenya-needs-many-more-of-them/

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  1. “Women activists plan to hold a peaceful demonstration following an incident that saw FDC’s Fatuma Naigaga undressed during police arrest last Saturday.” – Monitor paper

    http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Women-to-demonstrate-over-police-brutality/-/688334/2912244/-/w0vsdv/-/index.html

    Why didn’t the police charged her for refusing to obey a police officer, resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and indecent exposure?

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  2. Norah, after watching the following video, it is clear the woman is stripping herself naked as she clearly @1:21 removes her bra.; and @1:23 starts to pull per pants down: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaTF_aV1Rdc

    Again, her acts don’t merit comparison with the other case of old women protesting against land grabs and Wangari Maathai​’s. This woman is in her own league. It’s called “Indecent Exposure.” I believe Uganda has laws against such acts in public.

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    1. And so we agree – there is no comparison. The reason I was promoted to write this post is as a reaction to some who were elevating her right to undress as a form of protest – there is mixed messaging on this incident – some say naked protest some say police brutality. In some of the raw footage that I watched she loudly brags “WE SHALL UNDRESS”. Moreover there were others who were under arrest at the time – men – who presumably had not resisted arrest and were seating on the police pick-up under arrest and fully dressed.

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      1. Norah, I see your point. For those who think that this woman’s stripping naked was warranted as a protest should analyze her behavior at the very beginning of the video when she is holding on to the so called boyfriend’s arm as he tries to free it in front of the policemen.

        From that small part of the footage it is reasonable to conclude that the body language of the man and the woman was a staged act. @ 0:30 the man tries to free his arm asking her “what is it?” and the woman holds on to it and replies that she wants to go with him – anywhere. @0:38 the boyfriend requests help from the policeman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaTF_aV1Rdc

        As soon as the policeman ask he to leave the man’s arm, she responds with sharp words and dares him to touch her. The police man sensing something unusual, calls out for the policewoman to handle the situation as she keeps antagonizing the policeman.

        Whereas we don’t see what transpired as the policewoman responded to the policeman’s request to help freeing the boyfriend from this woman’s bondage. It’s fair to conclude that if her act of stripping naked was done as a protest, then she was protesting about her own arrest and nothing more than that.

        And whereas we may not agree on whether or not excessive force was used or police handling was too rough, I hope there is no disagreement that police did their duty by responding to the call of the boyfriend to free his arm from the girlfriend.

        That woman is lucky not to have been arrested by these cops (warning – some graphic images) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLnYCJYRMto

        In other developed countries, she would be charged with resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and incident exposure. She would also have been taken to a mental hospital for evaluation. Some people have been committed to a mental institution for lesser emotional behavior – http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/exclusive-woman-held-psych-ward-obama-twitter-claim-article-1.2159049

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      1. Fatuma’s version of the story doesn’t match the facts in the video, it is self incriminating:

        Stripped: FDC’s Zaina recounts horrid ordeal – http://www.monitor.co.ug/Magazines/Full-Woman/Stripped-FDCs-Zaina-recounts-horrid-ordeal/-/689842/2926688/-/v393i8z/-/index.html

        But the video shows she was arrested upon the request of a man she calls her-boyfriend (@0:44 in video) who sought police’s help to free him from her bondage.

        But she says on pg 2, The aftermath
        “My husband, of course, felt very bad about what happened to me.” http://www.monitor.co.ug/Magazines/Full-Woman/Stripped-FDCs-Zaina-recounts-horrid-ordeal/-/689842/2926688/-/item/1/-/iwasvhz/-/index.html

        Norah, after reading the version of Fatuma’s story supposedly told by her, it becomes clear that you were right from the very beginning.

        In fact, for me I would go further and suggest that she faces criminal charges for (a). Refusing to obey police officer’s orders; (b). Resisting arrest; (c) Assaulting a police officer; (d) Indecent Exposure; (e). Making false statements.

        http://bedsidereadings.com/history/fatumas-arrest/

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      2. Fatuma’s version of the story doesn’t match the facts in the video,
        in fact it is nothing but self incriminating:

        Stripped: FDC’s Zaina recounts horrid ordeal – http://www.monitor.co.ug/Magazines/Full-Woman/Stripped-FDCs-Zaina-recounts-horrid-ordeal/-/689842/2926688/-/v393i8z/-/index.html

        But the video shows she was arrested upon the request of a man she calls her-boyfriend (@0:44 in video) who sought police’s help to free him from her bondage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaTF_aV1Rdc

        She says on pg 2, The aftermath
        “My husband, of course, felt very bad about what happened to me.” http://www.monitor.co.ug/Magazines/Full-Woman/Stripped-FDCs-Zaina-recounts-horrid-ordeal/-/689842/2926688/-/item/1/-/iwasvhz/-/index.html

        Norah, after reading the version of Fatuma’s story supposedly told by her, it becomes clear that you were right from the very beginning.

        For me I would go further and suggest that she faces criminal charges for (a). Refusing to obey police officer’s orders; (b). Resisting arrest; (c) Assaulting a police officer; (d) Indecent Exposure; (e). Making false statements.

        http://bedsidereadings.com/history/fatumas-arrest/

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  3. I’m sorry, I don’t see the logic of comparing this woman’s incident with the other two cases. May be you will help me understand it, because the context in which the other women undressed was very different.

    Your assertion, “I have re-watched the footage presented by both sides, and not being camera/video smart, I can not really tell who has carefully edited/doctored the video for their specific brand of propaganda,” indicts that you have already taken a position on the intent of posting an edited video.

    In short, we have two scenarios which can be summed up as follows:
    #1. A woman who strips herself naked to tarnish the Police by pretending that it was the police that did it. So that the world can think that Uganda has a savage Police.

    Or #2. A savage Police that strips a woman naked to humiliate her during the arrest, which proves that it is a Savage Police.

    In either of the above two scenarios, the bottom-line of nakedness is to tarnish the image of the other, while in the other cases, nakedness was used as a clear cut protest against a specific issue that was on going.

    May be if this woman stated that she stripped her self naked to protest against unwarranted police harassment and brutality, then I can see where her act of protesting by stripping naked could merit comparison with the other two cases, because of belonging in the same context of the protest.

    Having said all that, can someone tell me whether or not the following photo is editored or if the upside woman did it by herself for propaganda purposes: https://bedsidereadings.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/for-how-long.jpg

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