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Inter-Religious Council shuns age limit probe invitation

The Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) has turned down an invitation by the parliament's Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee to share views on the age limit bill.

IRCU an umbrella for all religious denominations, now joins the Makerere University law dons and former Prime Minister Apollo Nsibambi who wrote to the committee declining to appear as requested.

Instead, they have written back to the committee advising that members make use of a press release issued on September 12, and a petition to the Speaker of Parliament dated September 18 to form an opinion on the proposed amendment.

L-R: Archbishop of Kampala Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, Archbishop of the Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga, Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali and Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje

The two documents were signed by seven religious leaders who include the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali, the Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje, the Archbishop of the Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga and the Archbishop of Kampala Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.

They were also signed by the president of Seventh-day Adventist the Uganda Union Dr Daniel Matte, president Born Again Faith in Uganda Dr Joseph Serwadda and Bishop Joshua Lwere, the general overseer of the National Alliance of Pentecostal and Evangelical Churches in Uganda. 

In the petition, the Council called for a referendum before any amendment to article 102 (b) of the Constitution. The religious leaders argued that the age limit debate goes beyond partisan politics and citizens with divergent views must be listened to before any amendments are considered.

They noted that the framers of the Constitution did a good job for four years collecting views from all Ugandans and that they thoroughly reviewed the country's turbulent history and sought safeguards to secure a stable future for Uganda.

"They realized that it is not enough to have regular elections; those elections must be free and fair and held on a level ground. It was against this background that, in their wisdom, they inserted two major provisions on the age and term limits as safeguards against plunging the country into another round of political turbulence, tyranny and despotic rule," the petition reads.

They expressed concern that the first major safeguard on term limits was removed without being tested and that the second safeguard is being threatened through the private member's bill tabled by Igara West MP, Raphael Magyezi that seeks to lift the age limit caps from the Constitution.

Once deleted, the bill will give President Yoweri Museveni a legal backing to seek another term of office when his current term ends in 2021.
"As religious leaders, we strongly believe that as a nation, we can build posterity and attain prosperity, if we build a nation on a culture of respecting the Constitution. Great leaders are distinguished from transactional leaders by the way they respect fundamental rules that govern society," they add.


+3 #1 Phalanch 2017-11-06 17:54
What views are there to be shared that we haven't already witnessed in the general public concerning article 102b.

One wonders as to what part of NO don't these creatures understand .
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+6 #2 Wooden K. 2017-11-06 19:22
Good afternoon Hon. Butros Butros Oboth -Oboth !

General Moses Ali (82) Haji Kiurunda Keveindhindha (84) Filmon Mateke ( 93) have a motion-

Theirs says that no one below 80 should stand for Prisendency .

For some unknown reason , His Excellency The Above opposes this one .

I suggest that these three guys should be invited to Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee to share views on the age limit bill.

They will come with Robert Mugabe as their accompanying guest.
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+2 #3 Akot 2017-11-06 19:24
[Inter-Religious Council shuns age limit probe invitation]

Thank you so so much to these elders who are now waking up!

But this is not enough, you MUST now call Ugandans to UNITY so that museveni is thrown out & Ugandans have chance to go for the kind of governance they want!

This MUST be done NOW because museveni is running out of time & will, one way or another, force himself to be lifetime president/chief tribal leader & make Uganda his family business for ever!

Unity of Ugandans is the only Bill that should be discussed in, families-villages-counties-towns-schools... so that Ugandans come out to block Kampala/Entebbe & eject museveni - he came with nothing & MUST go the same way!

Ugandans MUST not continue discussing museveni's age because this does not concern our people who don't know where/when/why museveni was born!
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+1 #4 Akot 2017-11-06 19:52
Museveni made Ugandans a laughing stock & this cannot continue: how can the age of a dictator be tabled in parliamnt, more so he will never lose any election!

The Republic, formed by tribal lands was shattered by restoration of tribal rules!

Tribal leadeknow Must now stand down & Ugandans Must Unite or ALL will lose the zone to museveni & ALL tribes will lose tribal lands!

Museveni is a demon who tortures-humiliates-oppresses a people who gave him shelter & Ugandans MUST now say NO in UNITY & throw him out before he throws them out!

Are we that brainless to discuss museveni's age as if the future of our children depends on it with the demon being master of slaves in a country that was not & is not his?

Are Ugandans going to let museveni own each & every tribal land?

How is tribalism/division helping us?
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+3 #5 saeguya 2017-11-06 20:09
Wait until the nrm gives these religious leaders some V8 cars and 200 million to facilitate for the building of their churches or shrines that never concludes.

They are the very people that have misguided humanity for hundreds of years.
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+1 #6 Lakwena 2017-11-07 14:52
In other words, the Bishops must first remind Mr. M7 and the MPs hell-bent on removing Article 102 (b), about the sin and abomination of take the name of the Lord their God in vain (Exodus 20:7).

Actually they should take one step further: like the Medieval Bishop, Gregory VII, who prevented Henry IV from the entering the Church unless he repented of wrongdoing to the people, God and the Church.

E.g. refuse to bury these MPs when they pass on.

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+1 #7 Akot 2017-11-07 15:34
Phalanch, understood.

The only religious-human-decent thing for them to do is "call Ugandans to Unity"! This means tribal leaders standing down form museveni given posts!

Ugandans are the last to see that tribal leaders are playing the most important part in keeping museveni in power! Without them standing down or becaming real leaders of independent tribal states, the outside world will continue watching in silence!

After all, there is no national opposition leadership against museveni to give chance to bring Ugandans Together to Reform the Republic!
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+1 #8 Akot 2017-11-07 15:37
saeguya, understood!

Today they stand a chance by helping Ugandans Unite in peace to throw musevnei out!

How can a christian majority country like Uganda be in such hell?
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0 #9 sn 2017-11-07 19:37
Unfortunately the age limit thing at the beginning was specifically targeted at Obote rather than protecting Ugandans.

What is happening was pre-planned by what is clearly an evil gang. According to them Uganda is a conquered territory that must be ruled in their interests for at least fifty years.

It is now up to genuine Ugandans to stand their ground to reclaim sovereignty. The sooner we all realise and understand this fact the better for the country and our future.
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