After watching the video in which that maid is torturing that little baby, many Ugandans went judgmental. Some people called for her summary execution! And they are there…claiming to fight for justice. Very few though about a proper trial.
Then when city human rights lawyer, Mr. Rwakafuzi declared that he is willing to represent the maid in court during her trial, some funny Ugandans started yapping. They called Mr. Rwakafuzi all sorts of names, which was obviously uncalled for. My question is, doesn’t that maid have a right to a fair trial? Now wait, let court grant her bail, and you will hear noise! That woman is innocent before the law. Calling for her summary execution is the clearest expression of inborn injustice. Human beings are quick to point fingers when they are not victims, just like they are the quickest to make noise/complain when they are victims.
Again, remember that a lawyer, in execution of his/her duties must separate work from unnecessary emotions. His work is to make sure that his client is given a fair trial, as envisaged under the laws of Uganda. He must not succumb to public pressure. The law is not populist by nature. It is just the law.
The brutality Ugandans have poured at the maid is no different from the brutality the maid directed to the baby. And the last time I looked at the dictionary, such behavior was described as “double standards”. You may also call it hypocrisy.
The actions of the maid cannot be justified. But despite what she did, and even if the baby actually died, the maid would still be entitled to her constitutional rights, especially, the right to a fair trial.
As for me, this event has taught me one thing: that Ugandans are the biggest fans of irrational mob (in)justice.