As earlier pledged, Joseph Tumushabe, the chief executive officer and founder of Centre for Research and Development [Ceredev], a research firm based in Tanzania, is still exerting all his energy towards the doom of the ruling NRM government.
Tumushabe is a former Principal National Researcher at Single Mothers & Chid Support Agency [SMOCSA] which is a non-profit making, NGO registered in Uganda and Italy.
This week, Tumushabe has been criticising left and right whoever champions the scraping of the presidential age limit to allow Museveni stand in 2021 general elections.
He started with Chris Obore, the director of communications at Parliament, who says they received reports that some people are forming WhatsApp groups and forcefully adding MPs so they can harass them.
“The numbers of MPs were picked from our parliamentary website. Some groups include Memorial Africa, Team No Age Limits etc,” Obore cited the said groups.
He said when MPs quit such groups, they are forcefully added, clarifying that political agitation is good but harassment of others tantamount to intolerance.
“Intimidation could trigger a reaction. Hopefully the perpetrators will not cry foul when laws on cybercrimes are triggered against them by the authorities concerned,” he warned.
Tumushabe picked on the communication and told Obore to be grateful that Ugandans are just using words and have not descended on him or MPs with pick forks.
“The MPs should be grateful social media was not so widespread in 2005 when they tore up the Constitution and removed term limits,” Tumushabe noted.
He also reminded the MPs in the 10th Parliament to be grateful that Ugandans have not demanded for the end of “the nonsense of a Parliament of 400 near empty heads” that have next to nothing to offer to solving the rampant poverty, famine, jobless economy, rotting health and failed education system.
Obore, tell the MPs to either do the right thing and stop this lifting of age limit madness or look for hard helmets/get military escort each, Tumushabe advised.
“And please stop calling us “some” people. We are many and represent the spirit of this nation without having to lie to anyone or bribe them like your so called MPs.”
Fighting against constitutional amendment a duty?
According to the critic, fighting against article 102 [b] amendment and for restoration of term limits is a duty for every citizen of Uganda.
He says there is no option for fence sitting, claiming the use of violence is legitimately perfect in Defence of the Constitution.
He quoted Article 3: (4) all citizens of Uganda shall have the right and duty at all times—(a) to defend this Constitution and, in particular, to resist any person or group of persons seeking to overthrow the established or group of persons seeking to overthrow the established constitutional order; and
(b) to do all in their power to restore this Constitution after it has been suspended, overthrown, abrogated or amended contrary to been suspended, overthrown, abrogated or amended contrary to its provisions.
(5) Any person or group of persons who, as required by clause (4) of this article, resists the suspension, overthrow, abrogation or amendment of this Constitution commits no offence.
“We legally have the express right to unleash terror both nonphysical and physical on anyone who promotes the rape of article 102 (b). Stand warned!”
According to Tumushabe, MPs saying they need to consult with the constituency should remember the people elected them knowing they had the right head screwed well on good shoulders.
“Some of course did because you bought them. The people paying your salary and fat allowances are on this forum telling you to do the right thing or get worse than being fired.”
He added: “We are not begging you MPs. We are telling you that your homes, cows and bananas are in danger. Heed the warning.”
He said all along MPs thought Museveni was their employer, noting that Museveni does not pay taxes.
“Constituencies cannot collect one fifth of the money they need to pay workers at sub-county or district level, let alone 2 or 3 MPs whose contribution to the wellbeing of their areas is suspect at best.”
Ugandan MPs you can’t accumulate more than Basil Bataringaya
Basil Bataringanya was an MP from Ankole and Secretary General of the Democratic Party, writes Tumushabe.
In December 1964 he cut a deal with then President Apollo Milton Obote. He crossed the floor of that Parliament you sit in, abandoned his own party, the DP and his electorate and joined UPC. He led 6 others at the time.
Basil was rewarded handsomely for this act of treachery. He became a powerful Minister of Home Affairs in Obote’s Government and proceeded to acquire property around Kampala and juicy chunks of land elsewhere.
By the time of the overthrow of Obote’s government in 1971 Basil was the second richest Minister in Obote’s Government.
Basil Bataringaya was among the first Ministers to lose his life to the military regime of Idi Amin when on September 18, 1972.
He was picked from his home in Katonjo loaded on a military jeep and was never to be seen again alive.
Six years later in 1977 his wife Edith was also violently killed. His young children were orphaned and had to survive through the protection of the Catholic Church and party members of DP whom Basil had betrayed and deserted for buttered bread.
“MPs listen, we subscribe to this message. Let every Ugandan leader know that treachery to the peaceful transition from Museveni’s reign now is simply not an option. They will go away with personal and perhaps collective dire consequences.”