Museveni seems to believe that conferring the title â€œladitâ€ upon LRA leader Joseph Kony is exaltation.
â€œLaditâ€ is a versatile word, commonly used by the youth addressing elders or subordinates addressing superiors or in reference to a senior public official. Perhaps its most accommodating usage is in the place of â€œmisterâ€.
In all instances using the title before an individualâ€™s name is no infraction of protocol in the Luo culture and often would go unnoticed.
The potential diplomatic pitfall of pasting identical labels against a peasant, parish chief and head of state must indeed be glaring to individuals sensitive to protocol. Still, as I understand it, â€œowÂ´ekitibwaâ€ is an unmistakable word of honour â€“ a point demonstrated most eloquently by reference to the Kabaka.
â€œLaditâ€ and â€œowÂ´ekitibwaâ€ are terms anchored upon deep cultural underpinnings. Calling Kony â€˜laditâ€™ does not translate to placing him on a pedestal at all!