Last year, the Raphael Magyezi Private Bill and Life Presidency for Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was through Parliament and the final nail in the coffin. Was when the Parliament voted for it after a hectic second reading and adding longer terms for current MPs and beyond. The reality is that some Members of Parliament, even in the National Resistance Movement. The almighty NRM voted against the Life Presidency act, which would be its proper name. Instead of the ugly duckling of ‘Constitutional Amendment Bill’.
Because 27 NRM MPs didn’t follow orders from the State House. They didn’t honor the almighty President and his will. The party and the NRM Parliamentary Caucus has to sanction these individuals, even if they followed the public of their constituencies and their electorate. Because their real electorate is the old man with the hat. Nothing else matters in the state of affairs. They should have known this, but apparently, they didn’t get the memo.
Here is some outtakes:
“The Leadership of the NRM Parliamentary Caucus has advised the 27 NRM rebel legislators who voted against the Controversial constitutional amendment bill 2017 to apologize to the country or else face the disciplinary committee. The Vice Chairperson of the NRM Parliamentary Caucus Solomon Silwany says the decision made by the 27 NRM rebel legislators was uncalled for and failure to apologize they will face the disciplinary committee of the Caucus” (NBS TV, 09.01.2018).
“However, the Vice Chairperson of the NRM Parliamentary Caucus, Solomon Silwany says the decision made by the 27 NRM rebel legislators was uncalled for and failure to apologise will face the disciplinary committee of caucus. Following the resumption of the work of the August house after the Christmas and end of year recess, Silwany said the increasing indiscipline amongst members of the caucus will not be tolerated. He urged those who voted against the Magyezi bill to apologise to the party leadership before facing the wrath of the party caucus. Silwanyi told the Nile Post that the party parliamentary caucus leadership is set to meet this week to the decide the fate of these ‘rebel’ legislators” (Mugabi, 2018).
Now the party founded on rebellion against the previous leadership. Is now casting stones against the ones rebelling against itself. It is neat and also foolish. But that is how it is, when you have to blindly follow a leader or a President who has no agenda, other than his own belly. The NRM is blindly following Museveni until their own graves and hoping they will buried with dozens of shillings. That is why they are contemplating sanctions and taking action against the ones voting against the Life Presidency bill.
That the NRM has sunk this low. That the barrier of code of conduct is the meager, says it all by how the State House wants the Parliament and the NRM MPs to function. They are tin-soldiers or marionettes for the President to order around like headless chickens. Awaiting signals for when to cluck or to duck. They are awaiting their time to speak and their time to be silent. It is all on orders from the high and mighty at the State House. The El-President, the Mzee and “the man without a vision” President Museveni.
That they shouldn’t apologize, I mean that sincerely, the ones who should apologize is the ones that voted for the life presidency. They have given way for Museveni to rule two 7 year terms from 2022. That is appalling and insulting to a Republic of educated men and women. Clearly, there should be possible to muster someone in his place. Museveni doesn’t think so, but why should he? He has had total control since January 1986. Museveni clearly doesn’t give a damn about perceptions anymore.
The NRM MPs didn’t rebel when voting against the Magyezi bill. They did what they are allowed to do and should be able to do. It is in their rights as MPs, as lawmakers to either vote “yay” or “nay”. To either stand behind a law or to reject it. Just like any other Parliamentarian. That isn’t to hard to understand, even if the NRM Caucus leadership want blind foot-soldiers drumming to the beat of the weakling President. Who cannot muster courage to perform his own duties and therefore, uses the party to silence his own ‘rebels’.
Its a failure of the Party and of the Caucus to understand the August House, if these men has to apologize for their righteous act against a life presidency bill. It is a disgrace and disappointing affair if they are sanctioned or put on retainer for acting against the will of the State House. It shows the impunity and lack of tolerance. If the NRM cannot accept within their own party, that everyone isn’t blindly submitting their lives into the hands of Museveni. That is anticipated, but shouldn’t be protocol. Then the MPs should sign with blood their loyalty to the Don and promise never to break the codes.
This is just a mockery of the Parliament, but the same parliament was attacked by Strangers to save this law. So the NRM Caucus shows that the President and his will are above the LAW. The President and in his favor can do what ever he wants, and everyone else has to obey. They didn’t obey and didn’t vote in favor of the President. Therefore, they have to punished. It is insane and foolish.
There is no honor among thieves, clearly that is the case at the 10th Parliament of Uganda. Peace.
Mugabi, Sam Ibanda – ‘ NRM MPs who voted against lifting of age limit asked to apologise; or face action’ (10.01.2018) link: http://nilepost.co.ug/2018/01/10/nrm-mps-who-voted-against-lifting-of-age-limit-asked-to-apologise-or-face-action/