Ofwono defends Museveni’s outburst against judges

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Ofwono Opondo

Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, has defended President Museveni’s remarks on the ruling of the constitutional court that nullified the 7-year term for MPs, saying the relationship between the two arms of government is not under any threat.

He said, as opposed to the interpretation by a section of the public, the president didn’t intend to intimidate the judge in his missive.

The president said in a statement 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.

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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.

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