Retired former Supreme Court Judge, Prof. George Kanyeihamba says 2017 will go down as the worst year in the history of Uganda under the leadership of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party.
According to Prof Kanyeihamba, Ugandans are poorer than before, insecurity is greater than it has ever been and governance has gone to the dogs.
“In relation to constitutionalism, the rule of law and what they used to call democracy - every Ugandan is very embarrassed with the passing of the controversial age limit Bill," said Kanyeihamba while appearing on NBS TV this morning.
He blasted parliament for passing the controversial age limit Bill even when majority of citizens and eminent Ugandans spoke against it.
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Findings of a survey by civil society organizations released a few days before parliament passed the bill showed that 85 percent of Ugandans were opposed to the scrapping over the presidential age limit.
The study, titled Citizen's Perceptions on the Proposed Amendment of Article 102(b) of the Constitution was commissioned by Citizens Coalition on Electoral Democracy (CEEDU) and Uganda Governance Monitoring Platform (UGMP).
It sampled 50,429 citizens in 80 constituencies across the country. It covered 22,926 female and 27,503 male respondents. Prof Kanyeihamba was one of the eminent individuals who appeared before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee and appealed to MPs to reject the Bill, saying it had torn Ugandans into pieces.
Kanyeihamba says the Age Limit Bill was passed to benefit the interests of just a few people in leadership positions.
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On whether anything can be done to correct the path Uganda has taken, Kanyeihamba, said Ugandans can determine the future of the country under Article 1 of the Constitution that vests all power of governance in the people.
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Justice Kanyeihamba joins several eminent persons who have blamed parliament for approving the bill.
Several Christians used their Christmas summons to fault the legislators for ignoring the voices of the masses, saying they were taking the country to a wrong direction.
The leaders include among others Rev. Canon Robinson Oginga Odinga, the vicar of St. Janani Luwum Kitgum Town Parish, Festo Kalungi, the Vicar Namirembe Cathedral, Reuben Kisembo, the Bishop Ruwenzori Diocese, Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese, Paul Ssemogerere, the Bishop of Luweero Diocese and Eridard Nsubuga Kironde, the Luweero Anglican Bishop.
Some of the religious leaders called on Christians to pray and fast for forgiveness of their legislators for betraying the trust of their voters.