Critics compare Uganda’s Constitution to a prostitute

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Critics have described Uganda’s constitution as a prostitute who accepts to be used by whoever have the power to, citing the case of 2005 when the president allegedly bribed MPs with Shs5m to remove term limits.

The graphic analogy was drawn by radio personality Mivule Basajja who was appearing on NBS “Eagle” programme recently alongside David Kabanda, the NRM youth league leader for Sembabule district.

According to Kabanda, there is no way one can remove President Museveni from the age limit debate because he is the beneficiary.

Mivule was even more pessimistic, describing Uganda’s Constitution as “a prostitute because there is no where it says you shouldn’t touch it”.

“There is no clause in the Constitution that says you shouldn’t amend it,” Mivule pointed out.

He said the opposition should use brain power to negotiate and engage with NRM members into a dialogue or else have plan B because NRM MPs will use the legal means provided for to amend the Constitution.

Appearing on NTV “The Big Story”, Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] presidential candidate, Mugisha Muntu, was asked why leaders fear to retire.

Muntu said countrywide, people want change and the pressure is thus on the NRM government.

“I don’t believe in defiance but rather in having organisational structures. Once you have an organised force politically, you can forego having aggression as an individual,” he said.

Article 102(b) of the 1995 Constitution of Uganda that is being sought to be amended is to the effect that a person does not qualify to contest for presidency if he/she is less than thirty five years (35) or above seventy five (75) years).

Jackie Batamuliza, a social worker who takes keen interest in political and social-economic welfare of individual citizens, says failure to define the natural purpose has led to political altruism (selfishness) and left the constitution vulnerable.

She was recently appearing on the “Situation Room Uganda” to debate the challenges involved in Social Cohesion, crafting a National identity and Nation building alongside Emmy Otim, and lawyer Andrew Karamagi hosted by NBS TV’s Mildred Tuhaise Amooti sponsored by Democratic Governance Facility – DGF, Center for policy analysis and Uganda Youth Network (UYONET).

“Give Ugandans a reason at a subconscious level to want to follow through with social cohesion,” Batamuliza said, adding, “We have not had a foreign ruler in a long time, why don’t we interrogate the reason we are abusing our own country.”

She said security apparatus should be sensitised about their role in social cohesion because they can be used as a coercive tool.

“We are structurally fragmented from our history, we need to have something we are in pursuit of as a unit. There is a fundamental challenge of where we should go and we have a misplaced trust in the law as a country.”

Lawyer Karamagi said colonialists carry no blame at all and no one can blame them for the current failures of African leaders.

“Leaders should talk about things and translate them to documents, but the failure has always been in how to translate the documents into actions.”