President Museveni has said that judges in Uganda spend more time on form and not substance, on procedure and not substance.
“My freedom fighter’s sense of justice, in this matter (the age limit ruling) focuses more on the convenience of 7 years rather than 5 years,” he said in a statement published from South Africa on Monday.
With the 5 years, a lot of time is spent on electioneering and less time on development; the 1st two years settling in, the 3rd year some work in the constituency and, then, by the 4th year, electioneering again, Museveni explained.
He was responding to last week’s constitutional court verdict that abolished the two years MPs had given to themselves and then maintained him as a life president.
In the end, however, Museveni wrote, the judges are not the ones in charge of the country.
“If the NRM MPs follow my guidelines and bond closely with the people, through wealth and job creation, we can, together with the people, make the necessary Constitutional reforms, judges or no judges.”
According to him, the Constitution should facilitate the modernisation of Uganda and the economic and political integration of Africa for the survival of the people of Africa as free people, not just the theatre of democracy of form without addressing substance.
He said the Judges should have taken into consideration the recent L.C.1 and Women Councils and Committees elections which gave massive victory to the NRM, soon after the age limit and the seven years’ debate.
“This was more or less a referendum. There was open participation by the millions.”
Museveni added: “We shall harmonise and galvanize our position. The undemocratic age limit nonsense was clear. “Nibagaya Engabo oti mwihemu abagurusi?” (How can you say old soldiers should be disqualified when everybody’s efforts are needed because the good soldiers are not enough?)”