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The Judges Are Not The Ones In Charge Of The Country – Museveni Blasts Judges For Denying His MPs Extra 2 Years

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President Yoweri Museveni has blasted the five constitutional court judges for denying his MPs an extra two years.

In a statement released today, the president pointed out that the judges are not the ones in charge of the country and if the NRM MPs follow his guidelines and bond closely with the people, through wealth and job creation, they can make the necessary Constitutional reforms with or without judges.

Below is the president’s full statement:

Countrymen and women,

1. I draw your attention to my two recent short speeches: one, in Parliament when HE Modi addressed Parliament of Uganda; and, the second one, when, I addressed BRICS ( Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in Johannesburg, South Africa. All of them illuminate different angles of NRM’s four principles: Patriotism (anti-sectarianism); Pan-Africanism (working for African Unity economically and politically); social-economic transformation (modernizing the African society); and Democracy (the democracy of substance, not mere form). We are making good friends all over the World that will help us to achieve our goals, starting with unity of our African brothers and sisters in the form of the EAC and CFTA in order to unite our markets.

2. Unfortunately, our judges in Uganda spend more time on form and not substance, on procedure and not substance. My freedom fighter’s sense of justice, in this matter (the age limit ruling) focuses more on the convenience of 7 years rather than 5 years. With the 5 years, a lot of time is spent on electioneering and less time on development; the 1st two years settling in, the 3rd year some work in the constituency and, then, by the 4th year, electioneering again.

In the end, however, the judges are not the ones in charge of the country. If the NRM MPs follow my guidelines and bond closely with the people, through wealth and job creation, we can, together with the people, make the necessary Constitutional reforms, judges or no judges.

The Constitution should facilitate the modernization of Uganda and the economic and political integration of Africa for the survival of the people of Africa as free people, not just the theatre of democracy of form without addressing substance.

The Judges should have taken into consideration the recent L.C.1 and Women Councils and Committees elections which gave massive victory to the NRM, soon after the age limit and the seven years’ debate. This was more or less a referendum. There was open participation by the millions.

We shall harmonise and galvanize our position. The undemocratic age limit nonsense was clear. “Nibagaya Engabo oti mwihemu abagurusi?” (How can you say old soldiers should be disqualified when everybody’s efforts are needed because the good soldiers are not enough?)

3. I congratulate the NRM on winning the 4 seats for MPs and the 5 seats for Mayors in the seven new municipalities. The new municipalities were: Apac, Nebbi, Ibanda, Sheema, Bugiri, Njeru and Kotido. It is a shame to hear of the sectarian manipulation by some elements of opposition in Bugiri- using religion (Islamism) and tribalism (Busogaism Vs Badaama). Such nonsense grows when there are weaknesses in the local area of handling the social- economic issues, service delivery and lack of sensitization. The NRM leaders need to deal with social- economic issues, and the rest will be easy. This year’s budget has focused on these very issues.

Those who use sectarianism of religion and tribe or gender chauvinism are bankrupt ideologically and dangerous for the future of Africa. They were the problem of Uganda in the past and they have no value economically and, therefore, socially ( socio-economic transformation).
I went to the schools in the 1950s and 1960s because my father was able to pay the school fees of that time by selling some of his cattle in the monthly auction markets of Ntungamo. Who were buying the cattle? Three businessmen, none of them a Munyankore. These were: Walusimbi-Mpanga from Kampala, Bukyenya (Bukenya) from Mbarara and Shear, a Muzungu, operating out of Ishaka, that was taking cattle to Kilembe to feed the miners there. Who, then, were the supporters of my education apart from my father? Certainly not the Banyankore or Church of Uganda, my denomination.

Sectarianism is Pseudo-ideology.

If we get evidence about the promoters of sectarianism, we shall act against them politically and criminally. I also got alleged reports of importing voters in Bugiri as happened in Kyadondo and Jinja East. The case of Jinja East is in the courts on the same issue of importing voters from other areas. Back to the question of sectarianism, we should never allow identity to eclipse or subvert interest. Down with opportunists ( Nalilawa, abanyaanda) – those who do not have positive ( beneficial ) principles that cause our countries to grow.

BACKGROUND:

Last week, the five justices who included the Deputy Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, Justice Remmy Kasule, Justice Kenneth Kakuru, Justice Elizabeth Musoke and Justice Cheborion Barishaki, on a 4:1 majority verdict ruled that the MPs followed the law in amending Article 102(b) of the Constitution that removed the age limit on the presidency that will allow president Museveni to stand for re-election as many times as he wishes. They however, on a 5:0 verdict nullified the extension of the MPs’ term of office from 5 to 7 years saying it was against principles of good governance.

 

By Adadi Kanyike

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The Glass Window They Broke Is Not Armoured: Bobi Wine, Kassiano Supporters Stoned My Convoy, We Reject Such Acts And We Will Punish The Organisers – Museveni

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President Museveni has rebuked opposition leaders whose supporters tried to stone his convoy. Museveni says that his security team did not react with fire after being attacked otherwise if they had intervened, people would have died because his security team only had live bullets.

PRESIDENT’S FULL STATEMENT ON MONDAY INCIDENTS IN ARUA TOWN

Countrymen, Countrywomen and, especially, Bazukulu (grandchildren)

I always insist on singling out the grandchildren because I want them to be conversant with our rich experiences spanning a period of 58 years. I understand that some of our people were worried about the endless criminal acts of elements of the Opposition, including the incidents of Arua on Monday.

The elements of the Opposition, including Kassiano Wadri, Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) and others, who stoned our convoy, including my vehicle.

The stones they threw broke the rear glass window of the car where we transport luggage. That window glass is not armoured. There was no harm to the old man with a hat.

It is a big shame to have such confused people who want to use violence to intimidate Ugandans. Nobody has a right to intimidate any Ugandan by word or action.

Fortunately, my convoy did not react with fire in response to this attack. This was because we were not equipped for anti-riots. Our intervention could have resulted in people’s death because we only had live bullets.

Unfortunately, this crowd, with a tinga tinga (a grader), apparently continued to the town where they attacked people who were coming from the NRM rally.

They injured quite a number of people with stones. It was in those scuffles that one of the attackers was shot dead. This is due to the weak management by the Police and the criminal behaviour of some of the Opposition leaders.

Why take supporters in processions through congested streets? The legal thing is to go for the rally at the agreed venue and, after the rally, everybody disperses to his/her home.

Processions are illegal and the NRM leaders should not be part of them because they inconvenience the public.

Some leaders have been acting with impunity and it has caused the death of one in Bugiri and, now, one person in Arua. These acts are strongly rejected and will be punished according to the law. Anybody who organizes such groups is responsible for their misconduct.

We went to the bush to fight for the right of making political decisions by Ugandans without intimidation by word or action. Anybody who threatens this will have himself to blame.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
President

Museveni’s car being brought to Kampala

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Kadaga Rejects New FDC PAP Appointments

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The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has rejected some of the new appointments that were last week made by the President of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Patrick Amuriat Oboi for failure to satisfy the available rules of Procedure.

The FDC president appointed Busongola North MP, William Nzoghu to the Pan African Parliament (PAP) replacing Prof. Ogenga Latigo as well as Buhweju County MP, Francis Mwijukye to replace Cecilia Ogwal as Parliament commissioner.

The appointments were read to the house last week and the Deputy Speaker promised that guidance will be given after legal interpretation on when the appointments will take effect.

During her communication to the house, Kadaga noted that these changes cannot be effected since the positions are capped with term limits.

The composition of the Parliamentary Commission is provided for in section (2) of the Administration of Parliament Act and Rule 11 of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament to include four bench members of Parliament, section 2 (c) of the Administration of Parliament Act which require that the four MPs serve for a period of 2 and a half years.

In such a situation the appointment of Mwijukye cannot be take effect since Hon. Cecilia Ogwal has not served her two and half years in office.

 

By Stella Mugoya

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STATEMENT: We Have Bobi Wine And Other Opposition MPs – Police Spokesperson Kayima Speaks Out After Arua Police Claimed They Didn’t Have The Kyadondo MP

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Uganda Police has finally accepted that they are holding Kyadondo East Member in Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.

According to a statement from Kayima, police is holding Bobi Wine and other opposition politicians to help them with investigations regarding yesterday’s incident.

Arua police has said that don’t have Kyandondo East Member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine in its custody. Earlier today, West Nile Police spokesperson Josephine Angucia said that they don’t have Bobi Wine.

Police opened fire on a group of Wadri’s supporters after they failed to give the right of way to President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy. In the scuffle, Kyagulanyi’s driver Yasin Kawuma was shot dead and five others sustained injuries. Below is Kayima’s full statement….

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