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Museveni attacks judges over age limit petition ruling

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has in a post on his Facebook page attacked the judges of the Constitutional court for rejecting the 7-year tenure for MPs and Local Government councils.   

Last week, the five justices; Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo, Remmy Kasule, Cheborion Barishaki, Elizabeth Musoke and Kenneth Kakuru in separate judgments delivered at the Mbale High court quashed the constitutional amendment through which the term of office of the current parliament had been extended from 5 to 7 years.
The judges said that the extension was erroneous and that the Constitution only provides for the extension of parliament during emergencies, even then, for only six months.  

The judges agreed that members of parliament erred in law and principle when they voted to extend their term of office and that of Local Governments without consulting the people of Uganda. 

The judges delivering their ruling last week

The majority judgment means that unless it is successfully challenged in the Supreme court, the term of the 10th parliament will end in 2021 and not 2023 as the amendment stated.  

Now in his letter issued through his senior press secretary Don Wanyama, Museveni who is currently in South Africa says that it is unfortunate that the judges 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," reads part of Museveni's letter.  

He further states 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, together with the people, make the necessary constitutional reforms with or without court.  

"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," Museveni further writes.
He says that judges should have taken into consideration the recent Local Council 1 and Women Councils and Committee elections which gave massive victory to the NRM, soon after the age limit and the seven years' debate.

Museveni opines that this was more or less a referendum since there was open participation by millions of Ugandans.  

"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?" he questions.  

Besides the rejection of the 7 year tenure, the Constitutional court upheld the amendment of the Constitution that lifted the cap on the presidential age with four of the five members of the panel saying that the amendment of Article 102 (b) of the Constitution did not contravene the Constitution, neither did it contravene parliament's rules of procedure.


0 #31 Akot 2018-07-31 21:06
Quoting Yumbe:
Something is terrible wrong with this gentleman called Museveni.

He thinks he owes us a living and we and are there because he is there. To the contrary we would be better off without him.


UNITY of our people & NOW to give a future to the next generation!

Tribal leaders MUST stand down & NOW because even without common opposition leader, Ugandans have parliament in place & will only be able to help if tribal lands Rejoin hands & let parliament run the country & organise next election!

Ugandans have no right to let Museveni go on destroying them & their country!
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0 #32 Akot 2018-07-31 21:09
ainembabazi, agreed, but,

Once Ugandans UNITE & throw Musevnei out, those he buys off, those with him...will be the first to abandon the demon!

Power belongs to the people & Ugandans are 'that people' in the country!
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0 #33 kabayekka 2018-08-01 15:12
This African leader is lucky to attack the country's judges and still keep his power.

Unlike Mugabe of Zimbabwe, who keeps blaming his military, and political party for having rejected him and removed him from sweet power.
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0 #34 MR 2018-08-01 18:42
M7 line of thought is off point. Businesses that a successful evaluate performances on annual & even on quarterly basis so for him to think MPs need longer time (From 5 - 7 years) to do their work shows how lazy they a.

On top of which he knows the sooner new elections come the sooner he has to go around bribing to get his useless NRM MPs back into Parliament to sleep & only wake up to do his bidding
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0 #35 SAM sn 2018-08-02 00:28
The Judges were after one thing to strip the MPs from the Executive.

l also don't see substance in the ruling as quoted by HE. How much money is spent after every 5yrs.

Let the Mps go and consult the people and amend the article as required by the JUDGES. We spend Billions of elections and the same parliament comes again.
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