Ugandan Writer Vincent Nzaramba: “Every dictator fears the concept of peaceful revolution. ”

by Olivia Stransky    /  October 4, 2011  / 2 Comments

Ugandan Writer Vincent Nzaramba

Ugandan Writer Vincent Nzaramba. Photo: In2Africa.net

Five days after being arrested by Uganda’s anti-terrorism Rapid Response Unit (RRU), writer Vincent Nzaramba was freed from his cell in Kampala, Uganda. When Nzaramba was taken into custody, police confiscated over 200 copies of his unreleased book People Power: Battle the Mighty General, which is partially available online.

The book, which Nzaramba says is inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, explores the history of peaceful revolutions and expresses Nzaramba’s disappointment in President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled the country for twenty-five years and become increasingly reliant on military force.

In the past twelve months two other Ugandan authors have been persecuted for criticizing Museveni: Dr. Olive Kobusingye for her book The Correct Line?: Uganda Under Museveni and Charles Ochen Okwir for his book Portrait of a Despot.

Currently Nzaramba, who claims he is still a member of Uganda’s ruling party, the National Resistance Movement, is on police bail and faces charges of inciting violence. In his first interview since his release, Nzaramba responded to his charge of incitement: “It is not incitement. I am guiding the nation. I was warning that if we do not pass through constitutional means of changing power, then [Museveni] is finished.”

Read about poet Jade Amoli-Jackson’s escape from Uganda on Sampsonia Way.

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Olivia Stransky is an editorial assistant and video editor for Sampsonia Way. She received her B.A. in literature and film from Bard College at Simon’s Rock. While a student, she worked as the editor-in-chief of Glacial Erratic, Simon’s Rock’s literary and arts magazine. After graduating she received a grant to serve as a Fulbright Scholar in Slovakia, where she taught English literature and conversation at Univerzita Komenského in Bratislava.

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2 Comments on "Ugandan Writer Vincent Nzaramba: “Every dictator fears the concept of peaceful revolution. ”"

  1. Gerhard Anna Concic-Kaucic February 25, 2014 at 7:10 pm ·

    Translation in English (approach)
    (original text in German)

    Part 1)
    Gerhard Kaucic, ( Gerhard Anna Concic-Kaucic, writer, Vienna, Austria 25.02.2014)

    Anti-Homosexual-Law in Uganda
    What historical and social circumstances are responsible for the production and implementation of our sexuality?
    The hetero-centristic social contract inscribes our biological “truth” into our body.
    The equality of all body-subjects should be recognized everywhere as a self-evident right (human right), to live and discover pleasure and knowledge freely.
    Uganda’s Anti-Homosexual-Law is unworthy, vile and completely unacceptable.

    1) Identity is an effect of processes of attribution. There is no “naturalness” as a basis for identity. Two sexes and heterosexuality are globally dominating and discriminating labels of signification/marking/description.
    These practices of attribution/”attributioning” and inscriptions generate (alleged) identities.
    These inscriptions by means of and as a result of historical and social attribution generate the illusion/pretense of “natural” and “normal”.

    2) The dominantly made/generated „norms“ are often not recognizable as such for the individual.
    This makes the possibility of free realization and exploration impossible for the individual, especially the experience of “others”, that is “differing” life forms, concepts of love and identities.
    This power and domination qua the dualism of sexes suppresses the “Other”.

    Part 2) Translation in English (approach) (original text in German)

    Anti-Homosexual-Law in Uganda
    3) With this Uganda distances itself, – „the“ (!) partner country of many western democracies in Africa -, greatly from constitutional concepts of individual freedom (in the sense of a way of life) in a democracy and “describes/defines” itself as an illegitimate state/rogue state.
    A legal definition of heteronormative “truths”, which is directed against human rights, through homogenization and exclusion, generates a search for identity of each and every one, which is politically abused and poisoned by state/laws/society. This goes as far as resulting in illness and suicide of the so called “others”, which at the same time produces a desire for murder and an excitability of warfare of heterocentristic mainstream society.
    4) Racist standardization of heterosexual two-sexuality through an anti-homosexual legislation in Uganda (as well as for example in Russia, [cf. my Remarks on “Sochi” and the Russian laws] and in many other countries) is generated by a (mostly violent) support and permanent repetition of pogrom-tempered behavior of individual groups and even whole societies.

    Gerhard Kaucic ( Gerhard Anna Concic-Kaucic )
    Writer, Schriftsteller, Queer Theorist, philosopher, feminist, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, Vienna, Austria Wien)

    Original Text in German:
    Teil 1)

    Gerhard Kaucic, (Gerhard Anna Concic-Kaucic, Wien, Österreich 25. 02. 2014)
    Anti-Schwulen-und-Lesben-Gesetz in Uganda

    Welche historischen und sozialen Umstände verantworten die Produktion und Ausformung unserer Sexualität ?
    Der heterozentristische Sozialvertrag schreibt unsere biologische „Wahrheit“ in unsere Körper ein. Die Gleichwertigkeit aller Körper-Subjekte sollte heute überall selbstverständliches Recht (Menschenrecht) sein, um Lust und Wissen frei leben und erforschen zu können.
    Ugandas Anti-Homosexuellen-Gesetze sind unwürdig, niederträchtig und völlig inakzeptabel.
    1) Identität ist ein Effekt von Zuschreibungsprozessen. Es gibt keine „Natürlichkeit“ als Identitätsgrundlage.
    Zweigeschlechtlichkeit und Heterosexualität sind weltweit dominierende und diskriminierende Bezeichnungspraxen.
    Diese Zu- und Einschreibungspraktiken generieren (vermeintliche) Identitäten.
    Diese Inskriptionen mittels und infolge historischer und sozialer Zuschreibung erzeugen den Schein von „natürlich“ und „normal“.

    2) Die dominant gemachten / erzeugten „Normen“ sind für den Einzelnen oft nicht als solche und als gemachte erkennbar.
    Dies verunmöglicht für das Individuum meist die Möglichkeit freier Erkenntnis und Erforschung und vor allem das damit einhergehende (Er-) Leben „anderer“, – also „abweichender“ Lebensformen, Liebeskonzepte und Identitäten.
    Diese Macht- und Herrschaftsformation qua Geschlechterdualismus unterdrückt das „Andere“, den Anderen, die Anderen.

    Teil 2)

    Anti-Schwulen-und-Lesben-Gesetz in Uganda

    3) Damit entfernt sich Uganda, – „der“ (!) Partnerstaat vieler westlicher Demokratien in Afrika -, sehr weit von rechtsstaatlichen Konzepten individueller Freiheit (im Sinne der Lebensgestaltung) in einer Demokratie und „beschreibt“ sich als Unrechtsstaat.
    Eine wider die Menschenrechte gerichtete juristische Definition heteronormativer „Wahrheiten“ mittels Homogenisierung und Ausschluß erzeugt eine gesellschaftlich vergiftete und politisch mißbrauchte Identitätsfindung jedes Einzelnen bis hin zu Krankheit und Selbstmord der als „anders“ Definierten sowie Mordbegehrlichkeit und Kriegserregbarkeit auf der Seite der Mehrheitsgesellschaft.

    4) Rassistische Normierung heterosexueller Zweigeschlechtlichkeit durch anti – homosexuelle Gesetzgebung in Uganda (ebenso wie etwa auch in Rußland, [vgl. m. Anmerkungen zu „Sotschi“ u. d. russ. Gesetzgebung] und vielen anderen Ländern) erzeugt durch (meist gewaltvolle) Abstützung und permanenter Wiederholung pogromgestimmte Verhaltensweisen von einzelnen Gruppen und sogar ganzen Gesellschaften.

    Gerhard Kaucic ( Gerhard Anna Concic-Kaucic )
    Schriftsteller, Queertheoretiker, Analytiker, Philosoph, Feminist, Psychoanalyse, Dekonstruktion, Wien, Österreich (Grammatologische Philosophische Praxis Wien

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