Senior lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuzi has expressed fears of a possible Steven Kavuma [former Deputy Chief Justice] scenario once the lawyers kick off their case challenging the already signed age limit bill.
According to Rwakafuzi, the law was assented to by the president stealthily.
Museveni signed the bill into law days after Christmas, having been passed by parliament with the support of 317 ruling party NRM MPs.
“We thought it was still a bill. We are gathering our brains together to see that we do a thorough job to challenge this law,” Rwakafuzi said on Thursday.
He added: “We [lawyers] are still working individually but we are going to conglomerate together.”
Rwakafuzi says he was supporting former presidential candidate, Abed Bwanika, who thought of a referendum as early as last year.
“We went to the Electoral Commission [EC] on how signatures can be collected. EC took four months to respond. When this “Majje Bill” was tabled, is when EC responded.”
According to Rwakafuzi, there was no gazettement of some of the amendments in the bill. Parliament amended the constitution unconstitutionally.
He said the participation of the people in enactment of these laws is guaranteed in the constitution.
“We don’t know if this Deputy Chief Justice [Owiny-Dollo] will not use Kavuma’s tactics. The law is on our side.”
Wrangles between the church and state
Meanwhile, Dr. Moses Makayi, Professor of Theology at Bugema University, says the wrangles that broke out between the church and the state over the bill aren’t a new phenomenon.
In his New Year message, President Museveni accused religious leaders of being arrogant and criticising him for abrogating the constitution.
The religious leaders responded saying Museveni was a model of bad politics and constitutionalism on the African continent.
“We can start from the biblical perspective. This isn’t called for, I don’t think two leaders need to air their dirty linen, they need to settle things,” Dr Makayi observed.
He doesn’t expect that one side can reach out to the other which is very much possible.
“They are representing people and God but they’re also Ugandans. Dialogue is the right way forward for our country,” he suggested.
Dr Makayi said the country belongs to all Ugandans and that religious leaders are right but how to say it is very important.
“Political leaders shouldn’t intimidate religious leaders and together we can take this country to the level.”