The independent Presidential Candidate Dr. Abed Bwanika of the People’s Development Party (PDP). Who is somewhat a rare commodity in the political spectrum of Ugandan politics. Not that he has a giant backing, neither has such an astonishing public persona, that whatever he do it matters. Therefore, I wonder if he really has mattered since February 2016. Since he is a part of the Presidential Campaigns, but after that ends up in the wind.
I was expecting the same of the Dr. Bwanika, but he has showed me wrong. He has actually worked in silence within the means to stifle the Age Limit and the life Presidency. I never expected that of Dr. Bwanika. He has had a meeting with the Electoral Commission and the new Commissioner Simon Mugenyi Byabakama. Therefore, that he has applied to use an article in the Constitution called the 255, which states:
“255. Right of citizens to demand referenda.
Parliament may by law make provision for the right of citizens to demand the holding by the Electoral Commission of a referendum whether national or in any particular part of Uganda, on any issue.” (Uganda Constitution, 1995).
He is actually pursuing the use of the code and article to stifle the motion of Magyezi Amendment to the Constitution, by settling the affairs through a referendum. Clearly, the President don’t want to that, since that means he has to campaign more and spend more on campaigns. The state economy is already suffering and is fatigued. Therefore, the cost of spending on cronies and manufacture the result will be hard for the National Resistance Movement. Who is meeting hostile receptions and at gatherings for pro-life-presidency.
Abed Bwanika has himself been a presidential candidate since 2006. So he knows how the two previous referendums has been. The one where the President one and kept the Movement System for another period in 2000 and the opening of the Multi-Party System in 2005, where the public gained the possibility for more parties, than the NRM. That is why the Presidential Elections in 1996 and 2001 was internal inside the NRM.
It is a bold move of him to push for this, as the Motion and law are still in the Legal and Constitutional Committee in Parliament, while the state are planning to wire the funds to the positive backers of the bill. So that the bill can be passed in parliament and settle the life presidency, once and for all. Bwanika, might doing the good deed by filling the Electoral Commission, the will of applying for a referendum. Certainly, something that the President will not regard as something he wants to do. He wants to steam-roll it, therefore when Bwanika fills in the Form D and the collection of signatures needed for it, as it is by law. Than, the ship might be moving from port, but expect it to be stalled.
This is a letter sent from the Electoral Commission the 18th October, and by the time Bwanika gets enough signatures, the agreement between the NRM and possible MPs might be settled. It is a Nobel idea and request from the 3 times Presidential Candidate, but if he will succeed in his mission. That is not certain, but for his act of doing this. Still, needs recognition, because there is nothing compelling and saying he should.
Still, he uses the Constitution and uses his time to fight the good fight and to stop the possible life presidency of Museveni. Peace.