TIGHT CORNER: Plan To Impeach M7 Gains Momentum
A plan aimed at ending Yoweri Museveni’s long-lived stay in power has gained momentum with a group of legislators calling for the restoration of Presidential term limits.
Led by Western MP Gerald Karuhanga, the legislators claim this is the only way of correcting what they termed as a political mistake committed in 2005 when MPs scrapped term limits, paving way for Museveni’s third term in office.
Museveni captured power in 1986 after a five-year guerilla war.
Karuhanga told press on Tuesday that Museveni’s drawn out presidency has led to entrenchment of corruption, nepotism, sectarianism and poor public service delivery.
“This year we celebrate 50 years of independence yet we are unsure of how to have another president when election time comes. We are tired of destruction every time we are changing leaders,” Karuhanga told scribes.
“I am going to request leave of Parliament to prepare a Private Member’s Bill seeking the restoration of term limits,” warned the fiery MP.
Karuhanga was flanked by over 20 legislators who vowed to ensure the youthful MP’s Bill is passed into law.
While appearing on CNN on Sunday, Museveni said only the ruling party NRM would decide whether to keep or drop him as the flag bearer for the 2016 Presidential elections.
The development comes at a time when a group of influential activists are piling pressure on Museveni to relinquish power after 2016.
Last week, former Ethics Minister Miria Matembe and Maj. Okwir Rabwoni took the fight against Museveni’s fifth term bid to Kampala streets.
Rabwoni is little brother to departed UPDF senior army officer Brig. Noble Mayombo.
This initiative, led by retired Kampala Archdiocese Bishop Za Niringiye, seeks to embolden Ugandans to cause regime change under guidance of Article 1 of the 1995 Constitution of Uganda which states that "All power belongs to the people who shall exercise their sovereignty in accordance with this Constitution."
The new army of activists has in the recent past stormed Makerere University, Uganda Christian University (UCU) among other institutions, calling upon students to join a new movement aimed at frustrating Museveni’s plans seeking re-election.
Under their umbrella organisation Centre for Constitutional Governance (CGV), the brave activists also insist that Presidential term limits must be restored not later than September 30 to avoid political chaos in future and life presidency.
Niringiye recently told Chimpreports.com as Ugandans celebrate 50 years of independence this year, time is ripe for the reclamation of the solemn declaration that "Power belongs to the People."
Niringiye said now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transformation embedded in that January 1986 statement.
“After 50 years of independence, now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of social injustice to the solid rock of human dignity. When Museveni stood on the precincts of Parliament in January 1986 and declared "…the problem of Africa and Uganda in particular is leaders who overstay in power," Ugandans cheered what they thought was a genuine fundamental change,” said Niringiye.
“So, when the men and women of the Constituent Assembly installed term limits to the presidency in Article 105(2) of the Constitution they knew that they were building a legacy of peaceful transfer of presidential power and authority. It was thus one of the darkest days in our history when the 7th Parliament removed presidential term limits on September 30th, 2005. At a single stroke of the pen, we returned to the politics of survival that has seen the suffering and death of millions of Ugandans,” he roared.
The activists, supported by lawyer Sarah Bireete, have as well launched the constitutional literacy campaign.
The programme is aimed at promoting constitutional governance in Uganda and the region through continuous civic education and sensitization on constitutional literacy; its relevance to good governance and in its role in East Africa’s political integration.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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