Museveni speaks out on age limit ruling

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President Museveni, left, meeting President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China at Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton South Africa. July 26, 2018. PPU Photo

By Cohen Mwesigwa

SOUTH AFRICA. President Yoweri Museveni has blamed judges for ruling against the proposed seven year term for Members of Parliament. The President currently in South Africa also congratulated National Resistance Movement (NRM) for winning the recent by-election. Four judges ruled for presidential age limit to be lifted from 75 year and but rejected extension of legislators term limit be extended from five to seven years.

“We shall harmonies and galvanize our position. The undemocratic age limit nonsense was clear. Unfortunately, our Judges in Uganda spend more time on form and not substance, on procedure and not substance. My freedom fighter’s sense of justice, in this matter, focuses more on the convenience of seven years rather than five years.  With the five years, a lot of time is spent on electioneering and less time on development- the 1st two years settling in, the 3rd year some work in the Constituency and, then, by the 4th year, electioneering again,” he said.

Regarding the bye-elections, the President congratulated the NRM on winning the five seats for MP’s and the five seats for Mayors out of the seven new municipalities. The new Municipalities were: Apac, Nebbi, Ibanda, Sheema, Bugiri, Njeru and Kotido.

He lashed out on the opposition for promoting sectarianism.

“It is a shame to hear of the sectarian manipulation by some elements of opposition in Bugiri- using religion (Islamism) and tribalism (Busogaism Vs Badaama). I also got alleged reports of importing voters in Bugiri as happened in Kyadondo and Jinja East. The case of Jinja East is in the courts on the same issue of importing voters from other areas.

Such nonsense grows when there are weaknesses in the local area of handling the social- economic issues, service delivery and lack of sensitization,” President Museveni said.

He called on the NRM leaders to deal with social- economic issues, and the rest will be easy.

FULL STATEMENT

Country men and women,

1. I draw your attention to my two recent short speeches: one, in Parliament when HE Modi (India Prime Minister) addressed Parliament of Uganda; and, the second one, when, I addressed BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in Johannesburg, South Africa. All of them, illuminates different angels of NRM’s four principles: Patriotism (anti-sectarianism); Pan-Africanism (working for African Unity economically and politically); social-economic transformation (modernizing the African society); and Democracy (the democracy of substance, not mere form). We are making good friends all over the World that will help us to achieve our goals, starting with unity of our African brothers and sisters in the form of the East Africa Community and CFTA in order to unite our markets).

  1. Unfortunately, our Judges in Uganda spend more time on form and not substance, on procedure and not substance. My freedom fighter’s sense of justice, in this matter, focuses more on the convenience of 7 years rather than 5 years. With the 5 years, a lot of time is spent on electioneering and less time on development- the 1st two years settling in, the 3rd year some work in the Constituency and, then, by the 4th year, electioneering again. In the end, however, the Judges are not the ones in charge of the Country. If the NRM MP’s follow my guidelines and bond closely with the people, through wealth and job creation, we can, together with the people, make the necessary Constitutional reforms, Judges or no Judges. The Constitution should facilitate the modernization of Uganda and the economic and political integration of Africa for the survival of the people Africa as free people, not just the theatre of democracy of form without addressing substance. The Judges should have taken into consideration the recent L.C.1 and Women Councils and Committees elections which gave massive victory to the NRM, soon after the age limit and the seven years debate. This was more or less, a referendum. There was open participation by the millions. We shall harmonies and galvanize our position. The undemocratic age limit nonsense was clear. Nibagaya Engabo oti mwihemu abagurusi? “How can you say old soldiers should be disqualified when everybody’s efforts are needed because the good soldiers are not enough?”

 

  1. I congratulate the NRM on winning the 5 seats for MP’s and the 5 seats for Mayors out of the seven new municipalities. The new Municipalities were: Apac, Nebbi, Ibanda, Sheema, Bugiri, Njeru and Kotido. It is a shame to hear of the sectarian manipulation by some elements of opposition in Bugiri- using religion (Islamism) and tribalism (Busogaism Vs Badaama). Such nonsense grows when there are weaknesses in the local area of handling the social- economic issues, service delivery and lack of sensitization. The NRM leaders, need to deal with social- economic issues, and the rest will be easy. This years budget has focussed on these very issues.

 

Those who use sectarianism of religion and tribe or gender chauvinism are bankrupt ideologically and dangerous for the future of Africa. They were the problem of Uganda in the past and they have no value economically and, therefore, socially (socio-economic transformation). I went to the schools in the 1950’s and 1960’s because my father was able to pay the school fees of that time by selling some his cattle in the monthly auction markets of Ntungamo. who were buying the cattle? Three businessmen, none of them a Munyankore. These were: Walusimbi-Mpanga from Kampala, Bukyenya (Bukenya) from Mbarara and Shear, a Muzungu, operating out of Ishaka, that was taking cattle to Kilembe to feed the miners there. Who, then, were the supporters of my education apart from my father?

 

Certainly not the Banyankore or church of Uganda, my denomination. Sectarianism is Psendo-idealogy. If we get evidence about the promoters of sectarianism, we shall act against them politically and criminally. I also got alleged reports of importing voters in Bugiri as happened in Kyadondo and Jinja East. The case of Jinja East is in the courts on the same issue of importing voters from other areas. Back to the question of sectarianism, we should never allow identity to eclipse or subvert interest. Down with opportunists (Nalilawa, abanyaanda) – those who do not have positive ( beneficial ) principles that cause our countries to grow.

 

Thanks everybody,

By Ssabalwanyi in South Africa.

 

 

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