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Constitution gives parliament too much power - Museveni

President Museveni (R) at the opening of the Judges Conference today

President Museveni has noted that the 1995 Constitution gives parliament too much powers, that among other things has led to wastage of resources and lack of coordination.
 
Museveni was today speaking at the official opening of the 20th Judges Conference at Speke Resort Munyonyo under the theme: "An inclusive judiciary for sustainable development".

The president said, parliament has the powers to fix their own budget, but also on what becomes law even if the president declines. He cited what he called wastage in the Constitution created by members of the Constituent Assembly (CA).

Museveni was responding to pleas by judiciary to have more funding to ensure justice. He said there is quite a bit of wastage in the system as it stands, and yet all of this wastage can be avoided.
 
"Because in the CA, they said parliament should fix their own money and their own budget, the president has no authority over that, unless I create a crisis. Of course I can create a crisis, and you know I can manage a crisis, but I preferred not to create a crisis," Museveni said.
 
He said there was a lack of coordination in the Constitution, something that people claim is democratic. He cited Article 91 of the Constitution which provides for a bill to be passed into law by parliament if the president rejects it for the second time.
 
He says there is also lack of coordination on land issues which many perceive to be democratic. He says recently the government has been having a problem of accessing land even for development of projects just because the people who made the Constitution did not coordinate it.

This is in reference to a bill currently in parliament seeking to provide for compulsory acquisition of land for government projects. Busiro East MP Medard Lubega Sseggona says the president is trying to institutionalise himself as Museveni, noting that his statements are not in good faith, and not meant to further democracy but to make him appear as the whole.
 
"He is engraving himself into Constitution, parliament is a body and institution that is able and made up of all these legislators, but the president as person may not want his powers checked. Making laws is the role of parliament, not the job of the president," he said.
 
On parliament allocating its own resources, Sseggona says Museveni has never raised concerns over this.

"Emoluments are proposed by ministries and departments. The budget for parliament is discussed like any other department and as far as I know he has never raised this concern," Sseggona adds.
 
He says Museveni could be trying to find an opportunity to attack parliament.

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+1 #11 Lakwena 2018-01-23 15:41
In other words, for any sober Judge to sit in front of Mr. M7 and listen to all his nonsense; it must be a pain in the neck and the butts.

Covetous of all the separate constitutional powers of the three Arms of government; Mr. M7 wants to be the only one with absolute power. I am afraid one of these days Mr. M7 will choke on power and drop dead.

Besides, during such an important occasion, while all the Judges dress up properly; Mr. M7 dresses badly, sits disrespectfully (casually) and sometimes yawns like a dog, without covering his mouth.

Maalo, Eish!
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0 #12 Lakwena 2018-01-23 16:35
Quoting Lysol:
Museveni should man up and declare a state of emergency, if he does not believe in the constitution (which he has already over thrown).

He does not believe in the 3 arms of the government, because with his military mentality he wants to rule through the power of the guns.

He can cause crisis, but it will backfire and will lead to his own downfall this time around. The time is up for him bulling Ugandans and making cheap threats.

No one has a monopoly over violent if need be to defend the constitution.


But Lysol, by Artillery and Air bombardment of Eastern DR Congo, in the name of retaliating on behalf of the killed UN Peacekeepers; by ADF; and the Military going on rampage doing the work of the Uganda Police- raiding and arresting civilians; Mr. M7 has already started engineering "a State of Emergency Case".
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0 #13 Lakwena 2018-01-23 16:45
He is only waiting for DR Congo to respond by shooting a UPDF soldier.

In any case, if it were not not because the people of DR Conger are not lighting up fire under Joseph Kabila Junior, to pack his bag to leave.

Or it is Mr. M7, the master of violence, encouraging the young man to stick onto power, no matter what.

Beside, a state of Emergency is the cheapest ticket for the 2-year presidential and MPs mandate Amendment (nyongeza).
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0 #14 Lysol 2018-01-24 03:42
Quoting Lakwena:
Quoting Lysol:
Museveni should man up and declare a state of emergency, if he does not believe in the constitution (which he has already over thrown).

He does not believe in the 3 arms of the government, because with his military mentality he wants to rule through the power of the guns.

He can cause crisis, but it will backfire and will lead to his own downfall this time around. The time is up for him bulling Ugandans and making cheap threats.

No one has a monopoly over violent if need be to defend the constitution.


But Lysol, by Artillery and Air bombardment of Eastern DR Congo, in the name of retaliating on behalf of the killed UN Peacekeepers; by ADF; and the Military going on rampage doing the work of the Uganda Police- raiding and arresting civilians; Mr. M7 has already started engineering "a State of Emergency Case".


The biggest unanswered question who is really ADF?
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0 #15 WADADA rogers 2018-01-24 08:40
I dont know any one with more powers under the constitution than the President, imagine he even has powers to sign off the killing of people including political enemies, really, what more such a person need
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0 #16 Lakwena 2018-01-24 11:24
Quoting Lysol:


The biggest unanswered question who is really ADF?

Lysol, ADF is Mr. M7's boggy. He orchestrates and functionally uses it for State psychological terrorism against Muslims and war mongering, where Classified Budget is swindled in billions.
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0 #17 doctordre 2018-01-24 14:42
Of course, the president is right that the prostitutes/gigolos (Members of Parliament) have too much power.

We all know they are greedy and only work for their stomachs. Who was behind those silly clauses in the constitution which determined their emoluments?

But again, Parliament is a rubber stamp. My wish is for the president to suspend Parliament. It is a useless, weak institution and we stop the pretense.
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