People Power Movement supporters are now crying foul after hearing of the looming plot to lock their favorite leader Hon. Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine out of the 2021 presidential race.
The News making the red ribbon family have sleepless nights indicates that the celebrated singer may not feature on the 2021 ballot paper as a series of amendments continue being drafted by the ruling party legal team.
Among these is the lifting of the age limit for one to contest for the country’s topmost job from 35 to 45 years, an avenue that fully leaves Bobi Wine out who is just in his late 30s.
According to People Power senior strategist Abed Bwanika, they are vexed by this development but it’s not reason enough to distance them from the struggle to liberated the Pearl of Africa from the ruling party bad governance and bondage.
He added that the ruling party is forgetting they can only suppress the revolution but can’t kill the ideology of countrymen regaining their rights.
“This Move is only targeting my brother Bobi Wine because he has proved that he can take them back to the village. Me and others contenders like Dr. Kiiza Besigye, Norbert Mao are free, this kangaroo plot can’t affect us because we are already above the stipulated age.” Bwanika said while appearing on CBS FM on Saturday morning.
Our highly placed source also said that the deal doesn’t only stop adjusting age limit from 35 to 45 citing that if this fails, there is a plot to amend electoral laws that restricts the presidential battle to only people without capital offenses like murder, terrorism or treason, where Bobi Wine also falls over the fateful Arua Saga ‘treason’ charges in Gulu together with 34 others.
It should be noted that this form of arrangement has already worked in neighboring countries like Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that saw senior opposition leaders like Moise Katubi, Jean Pierre Bemba locked out of the race something that gave chance to Felix Tshekedi (Kabila leaning opposition candidate) to encounter famous Martine Fayulu.
Besides these two options, the ruling party is also peddling the move to give Members of Parliament power to elect Uganda’s next President.
In this move, the MPs want a political party with Majority seats in Parliament to be the one to form a government as well as electing the president.
This comes few weeks after the ruling party NRM supreme organs, CEC and Parliamentary Caucus endorsed President Yoweri Museveni as the party’s sole candidate for the 2021 elections.
Will the constitution Save the Opposition?
It should be noted that after the closure of the Age Limit removal case in Mbale, the supreme Court gave complainants 60 days for all their appeals to be sorted but by press time its already beyond two months and no communication has come from the judiciary regarding the fate of the controversial amendment of article 102b in 2017.
In November Last year, Government named 14 people to sit on the Constitutional Review Commission to consider various constitutional reforms but till now besides announcing the names of these officials nothing as far as the review commission has been revealed to the public. These officials include the former Attorney General, Prof Khiddu Makubuya, Francis K Butagira, Nusura Tiperu Omar, Rev Amos Turyahabwe, Paul Wanyoto, Dan Wandera Ogalo, Dr Diana Musoke, Charles Elem Ogwal, Lillian Aber, among others.
When the speaker Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga grilled the Justice and Constitutional affairs Minister Kaginda Otafire the electoral laws issues, he noted that it is necessary to handle the matter in a chronological manner, beginning with the review and amendment of the Constitution concurrent with the process to amend the electoral laws.
“Within the next six months, Government intends to make final preparations relating to the establishment and appointment of the Constitutional Review Commission and securing of the necessary funds for the activities of the Commission,” said Otafiire.
Kahinda added that government is constrained to make electoral reforms because of the ongoing case in the Constitutional Court challenging the amendment of Article 102(b) of the Constitution, which removes the presidential age limit.
What is NRM Saying about this matter?
The National Resistance Movement (NRM) party spokesperson Rogers Mulindwa says that he is not aware of the development adding that NRM as a political party has no authority to amend the constitution.
He added that the ruling party is not afraid of any opposition candidate whether they became a hundred in the forthcoming 2021 presidential race.
In the same spirit, the State Minister of Privatization Evelyn Anite recently told this website that the ruling is fully prepared for the mega 2021 battle and has the most qualified candidate, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
She noted that president Museveni still has a lot of capacity to take this country forward thereby imploring Ugandans to support the three decades leader since he is a tested and competent leader.
What is the New NRM Strategy?
Besides the Head of State’s move of distributing brown envelopes to different youth groups in and around Kampala, the Minister for ICT and National Guidance Hon. Frank Tumwebaze has urged the NRM leadership to embrace Social Media.
Speaking during the ruling party parliamentary Caucus retreat in Kyankwanzi, Tumwebaze described this move as an effective tool in fighting political propaganda spread by opposition in bid to continuously tarnish the image of Government and the ruling NRM Party.
Tumwebaze stated that gradually Social Media has transitioned from being a means of socializing among distant friends to a leading source of news given the speed at which they propagate.