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Karuhanga: Is Museveni blind not to see Mandela legacy?

Gen. Tumukunde, Hon. Gerald Karuhanga with FDC Presidential aspirant Patrick Amuriat

The Ntungamo municipality legislator Hon. Gerald Karuhanga has also thrown his weight behind the tem of legislators the ruling party’s move to have article 102b of the Uganda Constitution scrapped.

In a one minute video clip the former youth MP posted standing in front of former South African president’s statue, Karuhanga asked why president Museveni cannot borrow a leaf from his legacy.

He added that the hope of tomorrow’s future lies in the hands of the leaders we have today and the genesis of this is the peaceful transition of power.

On Tuesday 12 September 2017, the team of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) legislators voted to spearhead a private members bill to amend article 102b scraping the presidential age limit set at 75 years.

The motion was moved by Kyaka County MP Jackson Rwakafuzi to scrap the presidential age limit and was backed by all NRM MPs except the kumi Mp Monica Amoding, in a meeting chaired by MP for Bubyangabu county Adolf Kasaija Mwesigye.

The 1995 constitution bars anyone above 75 years of age from standing for president. This means President Museveni is ineligible to seek re-election in 2021 unless the constitution is amended.

However on responding to the media recently at State House, President Museveni that those doubting his ability to lead for another term in office should go and ask doctors whether he can’t fulfill his responsibilities.

Museveni was involved in rebellions that toppled Ugandan leaders Idi Amin (1971–79) and Milton Obote (1980–85). In the mid to late 1990s, Museveni was celebrated by the west as part of a new generation of African leaders.

During Museveni’s presidency Uganda has experienced relative stability and economic growth. His presidency has been marred, however, by involvement in the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other Great Lakes region conflicts. Rebellion in the north by the Lord’s Resistance Army caused a drastic humanitarian emergency.

Suppression of political opposition and a 2005 constitutional amendment scrapping presidential term limits, thus enabling extension of his rule, has been a concern of domestic commentators and many in the international community.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

He was the country’s first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalized racism and fostering racial reconciliation.

Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.

 

 

 

 

 

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