Pensions Act of 1946, which is still enacted and still viable law in the Republic of Uganda, set the standard for any civil servant or anyone who is an officer within the public service. Someone who works for the state and does work in different parts of the government. This law was enacted while it was still a protectorate, it is a colonial law. However, it has not been substituted or changed since then. It hasn’t been vital for the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and the 31 years rule of Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. He hasn’t mind this one. But there are one part of this law, that is key to the problems with abolishing the article 102(b), which says a President cannot be older, than 75 years old.
Why does a secretary, a minor compulsory state workers has to retire earlier in the rules of compulsory retirement as stated in the Pensions Act are clear about the age and regulation within the law that is still in-force.
Just take a look: “12. Compulsory retirement. An officer shall retire on attaining the age of sixty years” (Pensions Act, 1946). It is hard not to understand what this states. What it says and what it means. This is actually says. If the NRM had an issue with this. They could have amended this so all compulsory retirement could be prolonged, even made sure to write something, in the fashion of, “if a person has the mental capacity and is not drunkard, he can still work as a civil servant until he is eighty years. However, the state will enforce that most officers are retiring at the age of sixty years”. That with some of the words of the defense of President standing for more terms and not caring about age.
That is why I feel sorry for the state of affairs within the NRM, as the Legal Committee Members of Parliament from the party had this to say, as they will deliver report and recommendations to the Parliament in the coming days. As reported by Mugerwa: “In backing the removal of age limit caps, the 18 MPs branded Article 102 (b) as “discriminatory” and insisted that the choice should be left to the voters since under Article 1, power belongs to the people. The members also argued that there are many leaders all over the world who are above 75 and that many prosperous countries like the US don’t have age restrictions” (Mugerwa, 2017).
Well, why is there limitations on other public officer, but there will be none for the President? Why is he so godly, that he never has fatigue or lack power with age? Is it because the NRM is a cult, who all praise Museveni and lives and breathes his wisdom. They will all fall to ground and die when he is not existing. Is that what the NRM are implying? Since that is how it looks from the outside. A random public officer, a civil service officer after the law has compulsory retirement age of 60 years. While the President still has the limit currently at 75 years. That means he can still in office 15 years longer, than a random person at NSSF and KCCA, but as President he can stay put at the State House. That is discrimination. The President is just one person, the rest is the dozens upon dozens of civil servants that has lay down their work and go farming. You know?
So the NRM MPs in the legal committee has written ready made statements, which fits the paradigm of Museveni and his twisted gut. There isn’t anything shocking or significant change from what has been said over the recent months. It just bothers me, how neglectful this people are. That they are not thinking of the President as a public officer or civil servant, a part of the government and also appointing others. Why should that person be so glorified that others should be under submission, but he is above the ordinary law?
If the NRM MPs believes that the age limit is discrimination, abolish it also within the Pensions Act. Take away that provision too, make everyone live under the same regime as the President. Unless, you will be honest and say it is just made for the President, the current President and the life project of Museveni. Say it! Don’t be a wanker, say it! Speak up, tell this is gift-wrapped special limited edition law fixed and amended for Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. No one else. That is the lie and we all know it.
Because you haven’t cared about the civil servant, the public officers and their retirement age. You haven’t work on that or fixed that. That is not discriminatory, but however, since it the President. Then it became so. The Ugandan public is not that stupid and neither is the world. NRM, say your a Museveni Cult and say that your fixing this for master, because your are his noble slaves. You are working on his command and after his orders. You are not doing this to create about Uganda. That is another lie. You have million others more pushing problems to fix, but are stuck in the limbo here. Since Museveni needs this. That is why the argument is foolish and you as NRM MP knows it. Peace.
Mugerwa, Yasiin – ‘Legal committee MPs approve Age Limit Bill’ (10.12.2017) link: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Legal-committee-MPs-approve-Age-Limit-Bill/688334-4221594-j4ruq0/index.html