Activists re-brand Black Monday

Monday May 13 2013



Just when you thought the Black Monday Movement was waning, activists spearheading the campaign have come up with a new trick - audio messages and music.

The civil society-led campaign, which preaches against corruption in public offices, lost momentum after the arrest of six activists in February, including Bishop (rtd) Zac Nirigiye, for allegedly distributing flyers at Makerere University.

The new strategy, which will see audio messages fused with trendy music, is aimed at breaking into new audiences, especially the youth. However, as the activists re-brand their campaign, the police have also been quick to warn of consequences, accusing them of “politicking and seeking to attract headlines”.

Ms Cissy Kagaba, the executive director of the Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda, told journalists in Kampala yesterday that the new strategy will focus on the impact of theft of public funds. She denied that the change of tactics was because of the police clamped down on the newsletter.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Mr Ibin Sekumbi, said he still expects a deal to be struck between the activists and the Force.


In February, the deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr Okoth Ochola, met the activists and urged them to tone down the content of their Black Monday news bulletin. The Force also demanded that the language in the newsletter, which they found inciting, be repackaged.
The activists have not complied with the demands.