It’s re­ally not in the in­ter­est of the coun­try to do away with the age limit

The East African - - OPINION -

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

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