It’s no fade that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has lingered in power. He has since his days of being Minister under the Milton Obote in the 1980s schemed his way into power and tried to found ways to stay. He has used all the tricks of the predecessors and the partial change of his constitution to stay in power. Museveni has slowly changed his own constitution to his benefit. Only once gone beyond him, that was to launching of Multi-Party Democracy, something he clearly doesn’t believe in or has the heart for. That is proven over all the years. Therefore the words used over the three decades by himself is revealing.
Therefore, I have to show a few quotes from the Old-Man with the Hat, who is the only man with the Vision in Uganda. Who cannot retire or step-down, that has been way since 2005. Since he pushed himself on the people with all kinds of schemes since he got in power. Waiting to have election, waiting to have multi-party democracy and multi-party elections. As well, as he abolished the Presidential-Term limit. Right before he had passed the official term limits himself in 2005. Therefore, it is now happening again, as he is trying to pass some sort of private bill in Parliament. To extend and linger on the throne. Look!
Museveni at United Nations General Asssembly on 24th October 1987:
“We in uganda have just marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of our independence, and yet for most of those 25 years our people have suffered greatly at the hands of dictators and murderers. It was to put an end to fascism and all its ramifications that Ugandan patriots organized an armed struggle that brought down Amin in 1979, and Obate and his successors in 1986. In January 1986, the National Resistance Movement and its military wing, the National Resistance Army, pioneered originally by 27 young men, triumphantly removed from State power the agents of dictatorship and fascism. The change we ushered in was, as we have stated before, not a mere change of guards, but a fundamental change” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, 24.10.1987)
Museveni in 2005:
“Q: When you make it to 75, that is a long time, that’s almost your whole life!
A: I will not make it to 75 years. I am sure because I have got a lot of other things to do” (New Vision, 2005).
Museveni in 2012:
“President Yoweri Museveni has said he will not contest for the presidency again when he clocks 75 years, the age limit in the Constitution of Uganda. Speaking on NTV’s ‘On the Spot’, Thursday edition, President Museveni said: “After clocking 75, I will not support the lifting of the age limit to allow me to contest for another term of office.” (Semakula & Masaba, 2012).
Museveni in 2016:
“Kamara is seen in the video asking Museveni: “What’s your view on the age limit? Should the age limit be there anyway?” The president responds: “Well that one we had ignored. We had not discussed it. It can be discussed.” Museveni adds: “But I think after 75, the vigor; I think there is some scientific idea there. That may be the vigor is not as much after 75 years.” (Aine, 2016)
As we can see in 1980s he promised a fundamental change, that hasn’t occurred. If you took his speech from the United Nations General Assembly of 1987 with the assessment of the state of the Republic. Still, he would not give way to someone else.
So when he has promised in 2005 to not govern after he was over 75 year old. Also promised the same in 2012 and in 2016. Therefore, when the private motions are coming to the Parliament Secretariat these days. He is not condemning them for amending it, he is in utter silence. Because that is what he wants. Museveni wants to rule, but also wash his hands. Like he nothing to with it in public, but will be the benefactor of the change of the law.
Nevertheless, the problem is that President Museveni takes Uganda and the citizens for granted. That’s why he could continue this long. National Resistance Movement (NRM) has been created and serving the President. That is the vision President Museveni had and the reason why he went to the bush. At least what his legacy will be, not lies of the 1980s, the fundamental change he promised and never kept. That is why the police are more political, than catching criminals. Its the famines and the struggles of the common men. Compared to the elite. President Museveni knows this for his years and this is his creation, the cronyism.
So the Project abolish 102(b) of the 1995 Constitution has been a long plan for the Presidency and the NRM. President Museveni needs this, especially since his unofficial 7th Term, even if the NRM claims it to be the 5th Term. It took the time between 1996 and 2005 before he was elected. Therefore, he will use sort of tricks to keep himself in power. That is what he has done and will do again. He will and put up a facade.
Now it is up for grabs. The NRM and Museveni will play it out, they will use force and shake society into order. It will not make it right or just. It is just for one man, the law is not supposed to fit one man. It is supposed to be a law that are seen as righteous for all citizens. The Republic is supposed to have rule of law that fits them all and within justification for all. That is not what this sort of amendment that is just for him. He knows this and the people knows this. NRM knows this and they do it for future favors and envelopes. They do it since they are loyal cronies of the one who has appointed them. Therefore, NRM and Museveni don’t have to fear them, but has to pay them for doing the favor.
So the man who has promised more than once, that he will not rule after he turned 75 years. Lied and he will lie again. President Museveni are now using the private bills in favor and therefore guarding the parliament with guns and soldiers, since that is how he got to power and has no plans to leave. Peace.
Aine, Kim – ‘Museveni: I Won’t Seek Re-election After 75 Years’ (24.08.2016) link: http://www.chimpreports.com/museveni-i-wont-seek-re-election-after-75-years/
New Vision Reporter – ‘HIV is easy to stop, President Museveni tells Sky News Tv’ (26.10.2005) link: https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1114381/hiv-easy-stop-president-museveni-tells-sky-news-tv
Semakula, John & Masaba, John – ‘Museveni to respect 75 age limit’ (12.05.2012) link: https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1301589/museveni-respect-75-age-limit