Mental illness is widely feared in Uganda. Some families hide their mentally ill children in locked up bedrooms out of sight from society.
People still shun marrying eligible wealthy men or beautiful fertile women simply because of rumours circulating about mental illness suffered by a family member. Reporting that one suffers from mental illness, at a job interview, is believed to be <span class=”text_exposed_show”>genuine grounds for automatic unemployability. </span>
<span class=”text_exposed_show”>When one’s co-wife or step-mother is really vicious, witchcraft of insanity is the worst possible curse they can visit one with.</span>
<blockquote>If people with epilepsy can be ministers of education, generals in the army, pastors of churches, directors of NGOs, big investors, etc, why charge critiques with unsoundness of mind?</blockquote>
No wonder that accusations of suffering from mental illness have joined the arsenal of weaponry that the illegitimate NRMO government is deploying to punish, chastise and intimidate those of us who criticise and reject Museveni’s family rule.
Mind you, epilepsy inherited from the first-lady, is widely rumoured to run in the bloodline of the first-family. But nobody stopped either her, her children or other relatives from getting chunky portions of chicken from the sizzling spicy and corrupt dish of top jobs in the political, economic, military, social and other form of public offices in Uganda.
Big Daddy Museveni’s shameless nepotism protects his first-wife, first-son, first-daughters, first-in-laws, first-relatives from the ills of either suffering from or being related to one who suffers from mental illness. Not only do they have the fattest jobs in the land, but they also get the juiciest tenders, receive the most miraculous interest-free loans, marry the sleakest bastards, and seem to worship the most prosperous prospering god in Uganda.
It is interesting that while state operatives totally ignore, deny or conceal the widely known mental illnesses running in the first-family, they simultaneously publicly accuse critiques of the dictatorship as being mentally ill.
What is one to make of this duplicity? How does one interpret this hypocrisy? Why the double standards?
A man who lived in Moscow in the 1970s told me that the KGB often appropriated mental illness to charge, arrest and incacerate several critiques and dissenters in the former USSR. The dictatorial mafia state in Uganda is now copying old Russian methods of intrigue and intimidation to silence its defiant critiques and resisters.
To break us, the state will need to rely on societal fears of mental illness! It is important to break the selective stigma around mental illness in Uganda.
If people with epilepsy can be ministers of education, generals in the army, pastors of churches, directors of NGOs, big investors, etc, why charge critiques with unsoundness of mind?
Who is fooling who?