Former Ethics and Integrity minister, Miria Matembe, has appealed to a higher power in the skies above to intervene so Ugandans can wake up to the reality on the ground.
Matembe who was appearing on NBS TV “Frontline” programme Thursday night said Ugandans were still sleeping while President Yoweri Museveni silently plots to abrogate the constitution like former President Milton Obote and keep himself in power for good.
“There is no smoke without fire,” Matembe responded to the recent denial by Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana, who claimed on the floor of parliament that government was not even thinking of a bill that will scrap the presidential age limit-yet.
Even when he tabled the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2017 on Thursday, Rukutana dwelt on the land acquisition clause, leaving out the clause of age limit.
“I’m calling upon God to send his angels to wake up Ugandans so that they get out of this prison,” Matembe said last night.
Democratic Party [DP] President, Norbert Mao, who was appearing on the same show said: “Our constitution was defiled in its infancy in 2005.”
The Constitution which is the supreme law of Uganda was adopted on 8 October 1995 becoming Uganda’s fourth constitution since the country’s independence from Britain in 1962.
The first Constitution was adopted in 1962 only to be replaced 4 years later in 1966. The 1966 Constitution, passed in a tense political environment and without debate, was replaced in 1967.
The 1995 Constitution established Uganda as a republic with an executive, legislative, and judicial branch. The roles and powers of each of the Government arms are enshrined and spelt out in the Uganda Constitution 1995.
In 2005, the 1995 Constitution was amended to provide for a multi-party political system.
It was in June 2005 when Members of Parliament overwhelmingly backed the removal of presidential term limits allowing Museveni to rule for life.
A total of 232 MPs voted in favour of the motion, 50 against and one abstained, the then parliament speaker Edward Ssekandi told the assembly.
Many Ugandans expected parliament to support the removal of a constitutional provision that would force Museveni to step down in March 2006 after completing two five-year terms since the passing of the 1996 constitution.
The opposition has warned that the removal of term limits may lead to political strife and turmoil.
According to Mao, after the 1995 constitution had been defiled by MPs in 2005, it is “now being raped” by NRM MPs who want to scrap the presidential age limit.
“It is our duty to stop this rape,” Mao said.
And when it comes to men who rape anything, Matembe has always had a cure for that: “castrate them”.