In times of death, under normal circumstances, the whole community grieves with the bereaved.
Somehow, Ugandans today seem to have developed extremely cold hearts.
On Monday afternoon, State minister for Water Resources Ronald Kibuule lost his twin sons – Raiding Wasswa and Roman Kato – after they drowned in a swimming pool at his home in at Mbalala, Nama sub-county on the Kampala–Jinja highway in Mukono district.
According to the family, the twins, born in 2017 were playing within the vicinity of the pool when they slipped into the pool. They were pronounced dead at Albert Cook Hospital in Mukono town.
When the news about the loss of lives filtered through, Ugandans took to social media to pour scorn on the minister.
Many believed Wasswa and Kato had died because ‘of the way the minister has treated people of Mukono.’ Videos resurfaced of a grieving young man who accused the former State Minister for Youth and Children of having killed his father over a disputed piece of land.
Facebook user Chantal Ruby wrote: “We are very selective with who we sympathize with. This Kibuule’s situation should teach us a thing or two. The people he killed and tortured and left homeless, and on top of that made hurtful comments in time of grief, those people were someone’s loved ones. It’s a pity his babies died in that manner. BUT at least they died in their father’s compound. Not on the hands of other people who think they are immortal. The likes of Nantaba, Kanyamunyu should pick something from this. You kill someone’s father, son in cold blood and expect them to expect sympathy?? Let’s stop the double standards and understand where the anger is coming from. Mpaawo atalikaba!! Rest in peace beautiful babies.”
“Uganda is really broken. We have lost Ubuntu as witnessed whenever a government official has a misfortune. The number of people on different online platforms jubilating because Kibuule has lost his children is very appalling. We are broken.”
“Do government officials commiserate with the common man? May be that is where everything starts from.”
“I dont want to sound mean but we shall never forget this day. Mukulu Kibuule ssebo weddeko, God is not happy. For the kids am sorry to hear, but sometimes we the innocent pay for what our parents do. Rip”
“It’s a sad moment and a very trying time for Hon. Kibule Ronald. May the souls of your twins rest in Eternal Peace. The tears u shading now are the same tears people who are chased from their land and live like refugees in their own country shed.”
“I am not celebrating that the twins died, I just pray their souls rest in Peace.. But what Kibuule is doing to his citizens around him is not good at all. Sometimes our own Parents bring us into troubles & curses just because they are fighting for us to be good.”
“I remember the Uganda that was. When someone cried as a nation we cried with them.
When a family laughed we laughed together. The change of political path over 34 years has made us unfeeling Monsters. Sadly you can’t really blame us entirely. Rest well Angels. I know what it means to bury a child and get a backlash. Trust me it kills you internally spiritually, emotionally.”
At watchdoguganda, we do not condone of this kind of behavior.