In part two of this Podcast, I disabuse some of the false impressions created by some western media outlets on the heavy-handedness of some African security forces during COVID-19 lockdowns.
Some headlines in western media like the [France 24] April story headline entitled-" Curfew crackdowns in several African countries kill more people than COVID-19" and the July BBC story headline entitled-"Uganda where security forces may be deadlier than the Coronavirus" seemed to be a little alarmist and far-fetched.
In my estimation, the contentious headlines, principally the France 24 headline, stretched the truth as a bait to get people to read the story.
Yes, there were African security forces that had acted highhandedly as they enforced the COVID-19 containment measures but, I take exception to the notion that they killed more people than Corona.
The last time I checked, John Hopkins University Global COVID-19 updates, Corona had killed 18,200 in Africa.
It is inconceivable therefore that African security forces could have killed more people than the figure the University gives?
Also by the time I did the podcast, only nine people had died of Corona in Uganda compared to the 12 people killed by the Local defense Unit forces as they enforced COVID-19 measures.
By now, the figures may have changed, but at that time, going by media records, the LDU's had killed more people than Corona.
In this episode, I also picked the minds of seasoned Ugandan lawyers, Daniel Walyemera and Nicholas Opiyo.
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I believe that through social media reach outs like these, someone might listen to the voice of the oppressed a voice of a someone seeking help be it medical or otherwise because sometimes the mainstream platforms seem lacking bcoz of the individuals assigned to handle them. Some are obscenely corrupt some are unprofessional courtesy of being employed by a relative or friend.
The podcast delves into the reality as it's it's seen and felt by the people. Am sure there are other concerned journalists out there sending out such messages but, what's here is what I've heard so I'll send my thanks out to Richard for this great message.