The Members of Parliament (MPs) accepted the Second Reading, they have re-instated the Presidential Term Limits. The are now two terms. Its ironic, because that provision was taken away in 2005. So that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni could run in 2006. The 10th Parliament has gone back on that, but changed other parts too.
“The House reinstates the presidential terms in the Constitution by passing clause 105 of the Bill. The clause states that, “A person shall not hold office as President for more than two terms”” (Parliament of Uganda, 20.12.2017).
They have from now changed their terms from 5 years to 7 years. That means the end of this term is 2021, but is 2023. The Members of Parliament in the republic, really has an issue with representation. If you cannot deliver within time of 5 years. Trust me, you never will. These characters would care or wouldn’t dare to deliver anything else then selfish agenda or paid by lip service of the President.
The two terms are just a mockery, because they also lifted the age limit. Meaning that if your of any age, you can become a Presidential Candidate. Even though, at this very moment, no one else will dare President Museveni. We know that this is nonsense.
We know that they have had three days of chaos and it ends in these acts of destruction. They did it with enough votes, even some from the opposition giving enough support for the majority.
“317 voted in favour of the motion.
97 of the members voted against
2 members abstained” (Parliament Watch, 20.12.2017).
So the majority won and they voted on the provisions. That the MPs saw it fit to extend the terms of all parts of elected officials from the President to Local Councilors. Clearly, they are not seeing their ill attempt of hostile takeover, as they lifted the age limit today too. Even if they added the term limits again. Which doesn’t make sense?
Why have an issue with age? When you are stating the needs of terms?
Also, if I was a lawyer, I would really put in application that the man who has been in charge since 1986. Have already had his two terms after the Constitution. Meaning, he should step down immediately. He is in official 5th Term, since the world is counting from 1996 and not 1986. Which in itself is a disgrace for the decade he was running non-official after the coup d’etat. So unofficially he is on his 7th Term, already!
Therefore, with this in mind, that he is on his 5th term. Why should they let him be on the ballot on his sixth official in 2023? Why should he? He breaching the status of the Constitution and the newly adopted term limits. Or is this term not counting since it was put into law now, and therefore only will matter from the two next? Is that the stat of mind of the MPs and Museveni?
He is official 72 years old now in 2017 by 2031 he would be 86 years old. That as if it is his real age. Since he has changed that with time and records of his schooling has been missing. Also forged church records doesn’t help either. So not like Museveni himself is a trustworthy character in that sense.
Let me just be clear about this all. It is tragedy, a misery and total destruction of the Constitution. The 1995 Constitution has no value. The provisions of law is just a front. The National Resistance Movement, does what it needs to stay in power and uses all sorts of tricks to do so. They don’t care about the effects or the results of their acts. They just do it anyway.
The NRM and Museveni are really ruling on impunity and now doing it from the Parliament. The Parliament of 2017 are self-inflicting wounds in favor of the President. Museveni has his cronies, but should be aware. The state he is running can crack at any moment. This sort of acts is vicious and destructive. It is the second time it happens on his accord, when he needs it.
Mr. I Will Change the Constitution When I Need It!
Today is tragic day, depressing day, 2nd reading and the 3rd reading is on the way after certain changes of the law. The NRM and the Parliament has had no trouble putting Museveni in forefront of what is important for the country. Country comes second or third, but first Museveni. Also, they get a bargain, they get 7 years as electives and MPs. They are giving themselves more time rule with this contempt of their own people and their will. Not caring about the sentiments and the tiredness of Museveni’s rule.
At some point the water will run over from the glass. Waiting for the one drop to let flow over on the whole table. Just waiting for the public to rise against this oppression and despotic rule. Where laws and regulations only matters to the rest, but not his elite. The state is now in contempt of its own citizens and their will. There are some NRM MPs who “No” against the motion and against the provisions. But they we’re too few, especially considering that the bill also got opposition MPs who actually voted for it. That shows that some of them also got something promised by the President.
Before the Third Vote and the Second Vote of the Day. Many of the Opposition Members of Parliament, the many of them opposing the bill and provisions anyway. Fled the Chambers and left the place after the defeat. They didn’t care to stay and see the bill enacted by Parliament.
Know that the Constitution doesn’t matter for the ones voting for this bill. They don’t care about what they do and how it might inflict massive amounts of pain to their constituents. Since they are making sure they can be their representatives longer and their name is now associated with making Museveni president for life.
It is now sealed. There is no going back. The Changes of law is just to fit. Nothing else. Nothing else matters for him.
The MPs of all kind who has ushered this in. Shall be remembered. They did this and they made way for it. Even if it was the deal between them and him. Still, their votes and their arguments was for his intentions to never leave.
The two terms back is mockery of common sense. Then he should step down. Its insulting that they are extending their terms from 5 years to 7 years. All of this is foolish, it is in contempt of justice and rule of law.
I got no more to say. It was a terrible day, it has yet to end, but the end-game was expect, but still hurting knowing the consequences of these activities by these so-called representatives of the republic. They should be ashamed and be disgraced, but we know they will get monetary gains for their support of this. Peace.