It is a largely accepted fact that, where society is expected to act in a certain way, there will always be those that choose to do otherwise. In spite of more than 99 reasons why they should do what they are asked to do, they will do the contrary. In Uganda, these are commonly known as ‘dwanzies’.
And in this very trying time of trying to cope with the covid-19 pandemic, dwanzies abound. How else can you explain the fact that TV presenter Faridah Nakazibwe took her two children to join several dozen others in working out along the Naalya road? And she had the audacity to post it on Twitter, how she yearned to ‘join the bandwagon’. This was in spite of continued calls for the population to observe social-distancing; she can be nothing but a real dwanzie, and doubly so for taking her children along.
Then there is Vincent Kasozi, news reader on both Sanyu FM and Urban TV. I can imagine that before and after each news broadcast he would read out messages from the Ministry of Health telling people to stay home, and stay safe. Then what does he do? He invites a barber to his home to cut his hair, and proudly posts the picture on social media. Real dwanzie, mate (there are unconfirmed reports that a Nigerian barber died of covid-19 as a result of making house calls).
What’s with guys and their hair? Can’t they let it grow just for the duration of this lock down? Another fellow named Njala, also a TV presenter (for the record, presenters are not necessarily journalists), was very proud that he had searched out a barber from his home in Nakulabye to get his hair cut, and tweeted about it. He later apologised after getting a furious bashing from the tweeter universe. A double dwanzie to you!
There will always be people that break rules, just because they can, and to hell with the consequences. These are the type that will cause a third lane to develop in traffic because no, they don’t want to wait. And who cares if the traffic mess is made worse by their numbskull actions? These are the guys that will find a queue, but go straight to the service provider and, when called out, act all surprised and say, “oh, I didn’t know”! Didn’t know what, you blasted dwanzie.
But it gets really serious when being a dwanzie can get you and your family in serious trouble. We know that the covid-19 virus does not discriminate on basis of social standing or what kind of government car you drive, otherwise Boris Johnson would not be fighting for his life in London.
So what of those government officials that went and got their families and friends out of quarantine in Entebbe, just because they could? If these dwanzies think the covid-19 is going to care about how large their stomachs are, they are in for a rude shock. I do not wish ill will on anybody, but if only one of these officials gets sick for his efforts, it would have done this country a lot of good for generations to come.
There are more, like that guy in our hood that drove his monster V8 to the shops less than 100 metres from his home to buy a cigarette. It was just his luck that a police patrol was driving by and stopped him. He first tried to bluff and bluster his way out of the mess, insisting it was his right to do so, and do the policemen know who he is?
I don’t know how it ended, by the time I moved on the driver was out of his car and was begging the policemen to forgive him, that he had a family to feed. Had he forgotten about the family when he decided to break the no-car rules? Yes, they live amongst us.
Uganda has not registered any deaths so far from the covid-19 (touch wood), so some folks are treating the pandemic as a big joke. Like those tinpot politicians that called a press conference and blasted the government for thinking about people’s lives more than the economy. That’s right, you read that right. A real bunch of dwanzies, they are.
Should I even mention those that still insist on espousing conspiracy theories? US President Donald Trump, who initially declared the whole thing a hoax aimed at undermining him (his narcissism is dangerously tending to the psychotic), was of the view that it would be okay for a million people to die so the American economy would survive (he was thinking, of course, of his re-election chances). He has since back-tracked on that, as he has done so many times before.
Why do people insist on believing rumours and unsubstantiated stories? When Trump declared that chloroquine can kill covid-19 (it hasn’t been scientifically proven, up to now), hundreds of Nigerians were hospitalised for chloroquine poisoning when they took the American President’s word as gospel truth (for the record, the British government has kindly declined Trump’s offer to send chloroquine to treat Johnson).
And in Iran, almost 1,000 people died from drinking industrial-strength alcohol, after rumours spread that it could give protection you from covid-19. That’s more people than have actually died from the virus in Iran. The virus didn’t kill them, ignorance did. Poor dwanzies