I WAS going through my Twitter feed and having a delightful time reading the reaction the world has had from Museveni’s latest moves.
I say latest because he always has a move to make but this time he has made 2 highly controversial moves in a short span of time.
I particularly, or as he would say it, “pachichuali” enjoy hearing him speak with that thick Ugandan accent- pronouncing words so differently he can leave you behind for a moment trying to figure out what he just said.
But he was very clear and there was no mincing words as he put into law the Anti-Pornography Bill and the anti-gay Bill. You could fully understand him. We all fully understood him. Mzee amesomeka!
The controversial anti-gay law calls for life imprisonment for “repeat homosexuals” and requires people to report on gays. So if you say, “try it once” and no one told on you, you could just escape unscathed. Social media was a blaze with feedback.
There were some shocked that such medieval Neanderthal thoughts could still be and others were not.
A lot of Africans were not. It was entertaining to read all the feedback with most people talking ever so passionately, some very quick to judge and condemn; others like a broken record, stuck on, how.
“Does the Ugandan leadership- have sexual issues- they cannot deal with?” commented one person.
“Why do we not first hang the corrupt?!” asked another. I saw an image of a lady holding up a sign that read “Take your eyes off my thighs and fix the economy”. Sort of a polite way of saying, get your mind out of the gutter you fool.
All very enlightening, entertaining, if you will. You can say anything in the internet and get away with it in this part of the world.
But that’s about to change for Tanzania. At the launch of Telecommunication Traffic Monitoring System (TTMS), Uncle Jack called for his people to hurry up with the online security bill. It is all out to end.
All the random twitter rants directed at discrediting someone using fictions, cooked up information, all of it. Or those who take to Facebook and write a post that could pass for a novel accusing and condemning someone of something baseless.
All of it. This should make all those people who are online busy posting things masquerading as truth in the name of liberty, very uncomfortable right about now. We all know that one person who always goes off the hinge online talking out of their rear end.
Going on and on with conspiracy theories and stories of ghosts and flying objects. I’m all about freedom of speech.
I’m in the business. However, I’m also about entertainment. I honestly cannot wait to see how this online security bill will play out in Tanzania. Will we take to the streets like Ugandans, protesting only with signs saying “Let us tweet in peace” or will roll over and let it be.