“OPINION POLL: Museveni asks voters to recall indisciplined MPs. Should indisciplined MPs be recalled?” (New Vision, 05.10.2017).
The man who always strive for power and control is at it again. As the days are soon numbered for any provisions stopping him for being the Executive, the President for life. It is soon numbered and gone with the wind. The basics and understandings of his office is soon thrown out the window, in the projections of life presidency. Why should he care about service delivery? When he get to stay in office no matter what he do, but he can put orders and get people worked-up over small things, like now he wants the suspended Opposition MPs recalled! What does that mean? Let me spell it out for you.
The Constitution of 1995, article 84 states this:
“(1) Subject to the provisions of this article, the electorate of any constituency and of any interest group referred to in article 78 of this Constitution have the right to recall their member of Parliament before the expiry of the term of Parliament.
(2) A member of Parliament may be recalled from that office on any of the following grounds—
(a) physical or mental incapacity rendering that member incapable of performing the functions of the office; (b) misconduct or misbehaviour likely to bring hatred, ridicule, contempt or disrepute to the office; or (c) persistent deserting of the electorate without reasonable cause.
(3) The recall of a member of Parliament shall be initiated by a petition in writing setting out the grounds relied on and signed by at least two-thirds of the registered voters of the constituency or of the interest group referred to in clause (l) of this article, and shall be delivered to the Speaker.
(4) On receipt of the petition referred to in clause (3) of this article, the Speaker shall, within seven days require the Electoral Commission to conduct a public inquiry into the matters alleged in the petition and the Electoral Commission shall expeditiously conduct the necessary inquiry and report its findings to the Speaker.
(5) The Speaker shall—
(a) declare the seat vacant, if the Electoral Commission reports that it is satisfied from the inquiry, with the genuineness of the petition; or (b) declare immediately that the petition was unjustified, if the commission reports that it is not satisfied with the genuineness of the petition.
(6) Subject to the provisions of clauses (2), (3), (4) and (5) of this article, Parliament shall, by law prescribe the procedure to be followed for the recall of a member of Parliament” (The Constitution 1995).
That the President wants to use this legal gymnastics now shows his weakness and mind control. That he wants the locals to get rid of the Members of Parliament and subscribe new. To secure the whole Parliament for him, so that he can rig in favorable MPs who actually does his bidding. Clearly, he don’t want the MPs to go through the medical and mental capacity of the individual MPs. They will quickly be able to point back at him for his soon advanced age (learned that term from Botswana government, sue me).
The misbehavior that they did in Parliament has already been sanctioned, they have even served time in various correctional facilities, to pull this off, should be a feat, even for Museveni who has used all sort of tools and even taken away the people’s favorite in Kampala, the Lord Mayor in last term. Now he wants to do the same, but in larger scale. He wants the MPs recalled on the manner they acted in Parliament. Even if it was either self-defense after a breach of Parliamentary codes, to let strangers in clear the Plenary Session. Secondly, to sing the National Anthem in the National Assembly, that should not be crime, because what is a crime then. Third, if wearing red ribbons and red hats is such a big issue, maybe yellow suits also be illegal for disrespecting the world of fashion.
President Museveni must really rig this if he wants the Constituencies and citizens of the sub-counties and districts to register their dissatisfaction with the 25 suspended MPs, and the 35 MPs that was on Police Force list of misbehaviors of 28th September 2017. Clearly, he wants mobilization for his cause, by any means. Not only pay every MP 20 Million Shillings in Consultation Fees, but also spread the message. I will use the Constitution against you, if you do not let me change for my benefit.
That the Electoral Commission and Speaker Rebecca Kadaga will comply with the Petition and request is natural. Since the Electoral Commission is his favorite lap dog and Kadaga is the one who follows his orders, even speaks like him defending her recent actions. So if Museveni get a strong enough petition to recall a Member of Parliament. He will do it and the Electoral Commission and Kadaga will comply, the will declare the MP unfit for his role and dismiss the elections done in 2016 on these grounds.
He would be coward if he did this, but he does not have the grounds to use Article 84, unless he bribes all of the citizens in the sub-counties that they represent to get them to register a valid petition to get rid of them. They misconduct, if it really is that. Clearly, states not to the punishment. Because they have not shown contempt or disrepute of the office they have. Neither have them been deserting the role in Parliament. They have been there and been vocal. If that is illegal to sing the National Anthem, someone please show me that code in reference for future proceedings.
For now, the President wants to go TOTAL RECALL! Will the people of these sub-counties and districts do the same? Should the ones carry guns inside the chambers, also be recalled? The military MPs sending fellow MPs to the hospital, be recalled? Should, the other unruly and unjust MPs who call them drunk, be recalled? I am just asking, because many could fit the bill. Not the one singing during a Plenary Session, but they are not of the loyalist tribe that the President wants. Therefore, in his mind, he should silence them and for good. Peace.