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Mao makes moving defence of constitution

Democratic Party president general Norbert Mao late last evening made an impassioned presentation in parliament, imploring the House committee looking at the age limit bill to stand with the people.

Mao appeared hours after Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda had found himself on the back-foot defending police brutality against the opposition.

He declared that the Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi private member’s bill is a creature of the 10th parliament which must be immediately withdrawn since “the people of Uganda have already expressed their discontent with it.”

“There is a trial in parliament… The accused is the Constitution. It stands accused of standing in the way of one man’s despotic ambitions,” he said.

Democratic Party president general Norbert Mao with CP president Ken Lukyamuzi before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee 

“The chief complainant is President Yoweri Museveni … Leading the defence team is Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Winnie Kiiza, marching at the head of a small army representing multitudes out there who have hitherto suffered silently, but have suddenly found their voice and have become increasingly loud and agitated. Those are the people you see wearing red ribbons.”

Mao said when his party launched the ‘Kogikwatako (should you dare touch it)’ campaign, the people responded unequivocally, telling MPs: ‘Togikwatako (don’t touch it)’.

“This campaign unleashed an electrical current of popular resistance aimed at opposing the removal of the last constitutional safeguard against life presidency. A great purpose is unfolding among the people. The expression of this purpose may at first appear hostile but in reality it is revitalising and renewing our resolve to rise above our past.”

Mao said: “We are here as witnesses for the defence … We do not deny the charges levelled against our noble Constitution. The constitution stands guilty as charged because the intention of its framers was precisely what it was accused of, namely; to limit power, stand in the path of anyone with despotic ambitions and immunise our motherland against the epidemic of violence and unconstitutional changes of government."

During the morning session, MPs Muhammad Nsereko, Wilfred Niwagaba, and Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda had asked Dr Rugunda to say why the police keeps beating up and firing tear gas and live bullets at the opposition.

Ever the pacifist, Rugunda said everyone should avoid provocation.

“I agree with Hon Nsereko that the police are for all Ugandans and there should be fairness… to ensure that all Ugandans are enjoying their constitutional rights,” he said.

Rugunda also denied that article 102(b) had been smuggled into the Constitution as insinuated by NRM’s deputy secretary general Richard Todwong last week.

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+6 #1 Odongkara 2017-11-08 02:39
I am tempted to think that all NRM members from the chairman to the last in the village are liars.

Todwong says one thing and here comes Rugunda who says the direct opposite of what Todwong said.

And these are highly placed guys within the NRM and government. Who is the nation to believe? Uganda is a land of wonders and surprises like South Sudan.
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+5 #2 WADADA rogers 2017-11-08 07:48
Thank you Mao but that is only ceremonial, the decision to amend the constitution was hatched long time ago, there is no amount of talking that can help
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+5 #3 edward mukyanda 2017-11-08 08:50
Mother Uganda, why do despots want to chang the foundation on which you have found a sanctuary.

Wolfs hiding in a sheep's skin.

Serpents showing themselves like Angels.

O dear time, you have allowed us to see those who pretended to be our liberators but are now behaving like those they fought.

God it is our cry that you save us from these traitors, for whom our blood was shed and property lost.
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+3 #4 Marcello 2017-11-08 14:11
An impassioned presentation indeed! But who cares?

The committee is a mere listening post performing a dress rehearsal before the deaf and blind NRM perform the final act to overturn the people's resistance against lifting the age limit..
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0 #5 Okwir Isaac O 2017-11-10 10:45
When they fixed age limit in the 1995 constitution, they were only looking at prevention of Dr. Milton Obote from returning to contest for presidency.

Dr. Obote is no longer a threat and no any other Ugandan is a threat so the article 102(b) can be amended.

I can now say that our August house and constitution are not meant to safeguard our interest with our resources and culture.
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0 #6 Robert Atuhairwe 2017-11-16 11:39
Quoting Odongkara:
I am tempted to think that all NRM members from the chairman to the last in the village are liars.

Todwong says one thing and here comes Rugunda who says the direct opposite of what Todwong said.

And these are highly placed guys within the NRM and government. Who is the nation to believe? Uganda is a land of wonders and surprises like South Sudan.


Odongkara, you wish to be spoon-fed?

You've been trapped
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