Chief Political Commissar of Police, AIGP Asan Kasingye, has quit social media platform Twitter after being attacked online by city lawyer, Nicholas Opiyo.
The incident happened Friday January 7, 2020. During his usual tête-à-tête with tweeps online, Kasingye met a remark from the human rights lawyer which shook his spine.
It started with NBS TV host Simon Kaggwa Njala who was appreciating Kasingye’s new profile picture.
“This new profile pic speaks volumes. Welcome to our world where you have to buy your own food and clothes,” Njala tweeted.
Kasingye just laughed it off.
Replying to the thread, Nicholas Opiyo said: I appreciate the effort of @AKasingye to provide information to the public but I hazard to ask what his exact job in the police is.”
He went on: “He is online nearly all day – in numerous WhatsApp Groups, on Twitter etc. commenting on all manner of things.”
The Assistant Inspector General of Police could not stomach it. His decision, though shocking, was instant.
“I have with a heavy heart decided to log out of twitter. It has been a pleasure relating with u,” Kasingye tweeted.
“I have helped thousands here because I connect with u instantly. However, I was disturbed by a man I take as a role model.”
He concluded: “He thinks I am not productive. This is real. I quit.”
Opiyo followed up the matter and had a heart-to-heart talk with Kasingye away from social media.
“I’ve spoken with @AKasingye a short while ago to clarify my post. I didn’t say or meant that he was ineffective. I ain’t a cyberbully.”
He went on: “With hindsight, I see why those of you here reacted the way you’ve. There’re are institutional & press issues I was unaware of. I respect the man I hope he doesn’t quit any platform on account of my simple post/question & if he has, that he’ll come back.”
He added: “I am no wanker & have no room for your fights with @AKasingye or the police. Don’t conscript me on account of my post. He & I have mutual respect for each other.”
Asan Kasingye on his love for Twitter
In a July 2019 interview, Kasingye told Daily Monitor’s Esther Oluka how he is a fan of the social media platform, its shortcomings and his general feelings on Ugandans and social media.
Asan Kasingye, 56 [now], is not this type of high profile person.
“The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) shows both a serious and soft side and if you are an ardent user of the social media platform, Twitter, you then my dear friend, have an idea of what I am talking about,” Oluka wrote.
Kasingye tweets about police work on aspects such as roles, community policing, and accountability.
His tweets also reflect personal views on particular topics of interest. However, what is interesting about Kasingye’s tweets is how he packages them with a sense of humour.
Most of the responses to his tweet was applause for his great sense of humour. In fact, one person suggested that he ventures into comedy as a side gig.
Joining social media
About six years back, Kasingye often wondered what it was like being on social media.
In fact, he became so inquisitive and often bombarded his brothers with questions related to social media.
Kasingye went ahead to seek an opinion from his eldest child, Sandra, now aged 26 years, on which suitable social media platform to join first.
“She said, “Dad, join Twitter.”
Sandra reasoned with her dad that Twitter was probably the best for him because it was a controlled media platform where people discussed real everyday issues and its users are not very abusive and loud.
Kasingye heeded to his daughter’s advice and joined Twitter in 2015.
At the time he joined Twitter, Kasingye served as the Director of International Police and Peace Support (Interpol), a position he occupied until 2017.