Walk-to-Work is a campaign running at present in several Ugandan cities, organised by the opposition who according to Uganda Talks 'are protesting the spiraling inflation and rising fuel and general commodity prices in the country. The police accuse the opposition of inciting the public against the government'.
Hard to figure out what exactly is happening in what order. Like Opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye was shot and injured, but with what, where and to what hospital was he taken? And what's the story about 'walking-permits'? And what will happen if more people join the 'walks' in the days to come?
According to a message from the Royal Danish Embassy in Kampala 140411:'The walk-to-work campaign is still on, many protests in different places in Kampala today and there is heavy police presence in certain areas, disturbances cannot be ruled out. Please exercise vigilance. Since the campaign is announced to continue on Mondays and Thursdays in the weeks ahead, please be reminded to keep yourself informed through local media, contacts etc. and to exercise the necessary caution.'
One of the first reports I came across today was Urban Legend Kampala who takes us through the whole day. Comments full of thick irony:
'According to political experts I have just spoken to (which means, any random person passing by because during times like these everyone becomes a political expert) we are probably going into a Tunisa situation. Nationwide riots and running street battles and daily teargas for at least the next three weeks, culminating in a new government. In short, kiss your asses goodbye.'
In fact, irony is prevalent in the social media commenting and observing I have come across. I'll finish with a recent comment on a Ugandan Facebook friend's Facebook:
'Are we allowed to walk-to-home?'
Respect to Uganda - hope this will work out peacefully.