A minister in government last week told mourners in a village in Gomba that government will not hesitate to ban the use of the word “People Power” in public conversations if the followers of the pressure group continue to misbehave.
The minister, who sources said had taken a glass of Tonto, a local brew, prior to the speech, said they are tired of hearing the word “People Power” especially from the youths who keep reminding them that their time is over.
The mourners had converged to send off Mzee Perekete, a popular resident of the village, who died suddenly of heart attack.
Mzee Perekete was regarded as a moving encyclopaedia and was a renowned supporter of the NRM.
Yet three of his children subscribe to People Power, a pressure group that is headed by Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.
The minister said after gazetting the red beret for exclusive use by the military, they will move to ban the use of the word ‘People Power’ in public conversations to safeguard peace.
“People Power, People Power…what is that? Why are you inciting violence and hatred towards our great leader, President Museveni? We shall ban that word because if we don’t, we shall slide back into the bad old days,” the minister said.
The visibly drunk minister then made an audacious claim that Mzee Perekete had died because one of his children kept chanting ‘People Power’ moments before the death.
“As the young man chanted ‘People Power’ Mzee Perekete’s heart rate increased. He started sweating profusely and then fell down and died,” the minister claimed.
The minister said although the post-mortem report indicated that the old man had died as a result of a heart attack, he ordered for the arrest of one of his sons, Kamada, because he knows for sure that “he contributed to death of his father”.
Kamada is being kept at an undisclosed location as investigations continue.
He said he is going to propose in the next cabinet meeting to have the word ‘People Power, banned from the conversation.
At this point, murmurs were heard from the mourners as they tried to digest the minister’s message.
One of the mourners asked the minister whether they would also expunge the words “people and power” from the Oxford Dictionary since these are English words.
The minister did not have an immediate reply.
Later after some thought, he they would petition The Queen to prevail over the people who compile the dictionary. If need be, he said, they convince them to delete the words “people” and “power”.
The Rogue is a satirical column that runs every TUESDAY on The Nile Post.
Contact the author: +256-788179369/+256-752195226