Following the impoundment of Dr. Olive Kobusingye’s Picfare exercise books at Entebbe International Airport more than a week ago, the government has finally come out and said it will not release the books because they have serious security connotations.
Internal Affairs Minister Kirunda Kivejinja admitted before parliament that the books had staples that could easily be used to stab people, hence the danger to society. “We have reliable information that most of the staples were meant for President Museveni. The author planned to arm the public with the staples and then wait for the President to appear in public before stapling him to death. We are very alert these days on matters of security.”
Several opposition MPs expressed anger questioning the minister on how he expected the doctor to excel in class if she didn’t have anywhere to write. Prime Minister Apolo Nsibambi tried to calm the MPs, saying that a preliminary investigation had revealed that the book indeed had some words that are meant to encourage the public to remove the staples and staple Museveni.
He claimed that one line read ‘Don’t familiar me, Museveni. I will staple you’ and advised Kobusingye, Dr. Kizza Besigye’s sibling, to get other unstapled books for her studies. “Try Musana maybe,” he said.