VIDEO: Religious leaders denounce Museveni life presidency
Ugandan church leaders join the majority of the East African country’s population in rejecting President Museveni’s Life Presidency Project.
A Free Uganda (FU) situation analysis. Issued by Dr. Vincent Magombe, Secretary Free Uganda Leadership Committee and Press Secretary FU – 16/12/2017.
The Ugandan dictator Yoweri Museveni, 73, who has ruled Uganda for over 30 years, together with his fanatical band of NRM loyalists in the Ugandan parliament, remains hell bent on dishonouring the country’s constitution by lifting Article 102 (b), in order to enable him to continue ruling the country for life. Article 102 (b) bars any Ugandan who is 75 years or over from standing as a presidential candidate in elections.
Increasingly, an embittered and frustrated Ugandan population, 75% of whom, according to a recent Afro-barometer polling, are opposed to the lifting of Article 102 (b), is readying itself for a familiar inevitability – i.e., another one of those chaotic and possibly bloody political cataclysms, which have characterised each and every change of Ugandan government since independence.
Ugandan religious leaders, under their umbrella organisation (UJCC), the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC), are warning of exactly such a scenario. In the words of Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, the UJCC outgoing chairperson, the Age Limit Bill “…will dampen the prospect for any peaceful and orderly handover of power in the future,” adding that “…it is likely that the age limit Bill may be passed by Parliament but we are of the view that the passage of the Bill will leave a huge number of Ugandans deeply antagonised.”
The Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) warning and Archbishop Stanley Ntagali’s cryptic words will, no doubt, be dismissed by Uganda’s long-ruling dictator Yoweri Museveni, as uncalled-for pessimism and scaremongering. But, as many watchers of Ugandan politics will confirm, Uganda is a place where civil strife, political conflict and even violent civil wars are the norm, whenever it comes to resolving the question of power transfer from one leader to another.
In dismissing the warnings by Ugandan religious clerics, Museveni is of course acting dishonestly, because he is one person who himself has not only participated in several such deadly upheavals, but lead an exceedingly bloody civil war, which lasted from 1980 to 1986 and cost tens of thousands of lives. Museveni’s reason for going into the Luweero jungles in Central Uganda was that the then President of Uganda, Dr. Milton Obote, had rigged the 1980 general elections.
Ironically, Museveni has not only been accused of overseeing multi-fold rigged elections, since he came to power, but is also responsible for unimaginable levels of repression and persecution of his political opponents and their supporters across the country.
It goes without saying that Museveni’s over thirty-year reign in Uganda has been dotted with innumerable political rebellions, some of which involved armed insurrections in various parts of the country. Museveni’s answer to such rebellions, even the peaceful ones, has been to use overwhelming force, often leading to huge destruction and loss of innocent lives.
A recent example was a peaceful revolt in the Rwenzururu Kingdom in Kasese, Western Uganda, where hundreds of unarmed civilians were massacred in cold blood. In the Ugandan capital city and many other cities and townships, peaceful protests have been savagely repressed, with thousands of pro-democracy activists violently shot, teargassed or arrested and detained in so-called safe houses and in notorious detention centres, such as Nalufenya, where they have been brutally tortured.
Naturally, Ugandan citizens have been agonising over whether a new violent uprising should be launched to dislodge the Museveni dictatorship. A debate is on-going, with some Ugandans preferring to use peaceful means to sort out what is increasingly being referred to as the ‘MUSEVENI PROBLEM’, while others are seriously contemplating the ‘all-means-necessary’ option. An increasing number of Ugandans are arguing that Museveni’s militaristic machinations, which are grounded in raw and naked violence, cannot and will not be stopped by peaceful resistance.
With each passing day, however, as Museveni continues to activate his plans for his Life Presidency Project, patience may be running out.
No wonder, the church leaders of Uganda have decided to join the loud and clear calls to Mr. Museveni, from both within and outside Uganda, to reverse his decision of lifting Article 102 (b).
The signs of a soon-to-explode political volcano are all too obvious to ignore. The only problem is that Museveni, like other such exceedingly power-hungry autocrats, will not see the need to voluntarily abandon his dangerous dream of becoming President for life until it is too late.
As the saying goes, often times the sweetness inside a honeycomb is so tempting that only the bites of a thousand bees can stop a foolish thief who can hardly bring himself to stop stealing a few more drops of honey.
Saturday December 16 2017 Advertisement By EPHRAIM KASOZI The proposed amendment to Article 102(b) of the Constitution is a threat to the peaceful and orderly transfer of power, Church leaders have warned.Under their Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC), the clerics observed that the current approach of seeking to amend the