It’s really not in the interest of the country to do away with the age limit
THE ATTEMPT to remove presidential age limit from our supreme law will lead to chaos should Ugandans pick courage to resist.
What we have is a constitution in a coma and it is on drip. So right now removing article 102 (b) is like removing a drip from a dying person.
When the NRA captured power in 1986 many people had hope. As a child, I remember a song we practised preparation to welcoming President Yoweri Museveni to our county headquarters. It went: Yoweri Kaguta our president, we sing to praise you now, we sing to praise the NRA, who fought and brought us peace! Oh Uganda! We must rejoice, we must rejoice for we have been liberated, by our dear sons the NRA, who fought and brought us peace! We must remember our president, who fought and brought us peace, he fought and chased the dictators, Uganda let’s rejoice! Today I blame the teacher who was trying to indoctrinate me because up to now I have not seen any liberation. We have no jobs. Co-operative unions which our parents used to pay school fees are no more. Our hospitals which used to treat even high profile government officials are no more.
Today in northern and eastern region, I still have to travel from one part of region to another for two days or more because of bad roads. Where roads are built, it is done for political capital or to exploit resources that are there (limestone and marble for the case of Karamojong) not necessarily for equitable nation building.
Apart from ending armed conflict, don’t know any other success story that makes President Museveni want to stay in power.
The constitution is supposed to be the guiding star, showing us direction but to Uganda’s disappointment, it is the president to show the way- not the way - his way.
What new thing can President Museveni do that he failed to do in 30 years and when he was till strong?
For those who still claim that if the Museveni of 1986 was to meet the Museveni of this time they would fight, I totally disagree! Okello Peter Cromwell Via e-mail