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Why we must reject the idea of Uganda being a monarchy

It started as a rumor. The Fountain of Honor denied it. Yet, its proponents consistently pursued their cause freely without hindrances, and some of us who stood with the people opposed the idea at the expense of our lives. They beat us to near death. That is how serious they wanted Art 102(b) in Uganda’s constitution repealed.

It is worth noting that by the time it was repealed, the Head of Government – cum the Commander-in-Chief of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces, had expressly declared his desire in expediting the process thereof.

Article 1(4) of the Constitution of Uganda while emphasizing sovereignty of the people provides that “The people shall express their will and consent on who shall govern them and how they should be governed, through regular, free and fair elections of their representatives or through referenda”.

This provision of the constitution imports that the people possess ultimate power over those they vote to lead them but, surprisingly, what we see today in Uganda is contravention of this article.

The leaders have usurped people’s power, consequently they are accountable to none. There is another move orchestrated by the NRM members of parliament to arrogate to themselves power given to the people under Articles 1 and 103 of the Constitution of Uganda, which provide for, among other things, sovereignty of the people and participation in voting their president by universal adult suffrage through a secret ballot. A rumor is already in circulation about the same.

The NRM government intends to introduce a system where the people will be denied to vote their president. Their proposition is to introduce a parliamentary model of government, where the executive obtains its legitimacy from the legislature with the head of state being different from the head of government.

This is the form of government that colonialists left in Uganda. In this model, the head of government is the prime minister with executive powers. The position of the head of state is usually inherent and its relevance is basically ceremonial.

It is thought that Mr Museveni is obsessed with power and yet so weak to face off with Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, for president. Instead, he is considering shifting goalposts in order to avoid it.

President Museveni has never trembled to a point of seeking to dodge voters until recently when Kyagulanyi sent signals to challenge him. The support that Bobi Wine enjoys, especially among the youths, is all around the country, which indicates that People Power will win with a big margin.

Museveni seeks to introduce a Westminster model of government to elude voters. Another school of thought can be that he may be desiring to prepare a monarchy out of Uganda for his retirement as king of kings.

The Westminster system is a parliamentary system of government developed in the United Kingdom. This term comes from the Palace of Westminster, the seat of the British Parliament.

The system is a series of procedures for operating a legislature. It is used, or was once used, in the national and subnational legislatures of most former British Empire colonies upon gaining responsible government, beginning with the first of the Canadian provinces in 1848 and the six Australian colonies between 1855 and 1890.

However, many former colonies have since adopted either the presidential system or a hybrid system like that of South Africa as their form of government. This system of government has got many disadvantages like reducing the voice of minority parties. Although anyone can form a political party, the large, established political parties have the most influence in a parliamentary system. Unless a coalition is necessary, those with large parties tend to ignore the needs of the smaller parties.

The system does not change royal influences, a parliamentary system is often overseen by a monarch or royal figure. They may have zero control or ultimate control over the legislation passed by the government. This position is not influenced by the elections which are held.

Thirdly, it reduces separation from the executive branch, the executive branch is directly influenced by the legislative branch in this system of government. That means people may vote for the party because of who they think will be the leader of the country instead of who they think will be the best candidate.

The system is not good for our country and, therefore, we must reject this move. Making a monarchy out of Uganda will be the worst mistake ever done in our history.

The author is the MP, Mityana Municipality.


0 #11 Akot 2019-04-12 18:58
kabayekka, agreed.

It's time to ask: Why is Buganda still part of Museveni's Uganda when it can be a real 'nation' running it's affairs without fear of Museveni?

What does Buganda monarchy need Museveni for?

Without UNITY of all, why is Acholi not independent state when Museveni destroyed it, forced them in UN refugee camps, sent them in exile?

Did Buganda not give home to Acholi too?

So, why is Museveni still getting help to own the country formed by tribal lands in which he has non?

Has Museveni not been on long enough, 33 +++++years?
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0 #12 Akot 2019-04-12 19:08
Quoting juwait kali:
The fact of the matter is that the all thing is all about retaking the country back.

Its already kaguta monarch. There is no constitution or rule of law to talk about.


There is no time to waste & tribal leaders should be the first to know they MUST stand down & Ugandans MUST UNITE to leave monarch Museveni landless, peopleless!

Even without alternative leader as Algeria is, Uganda will be at peace with empty State House, empty parliament, but our people will just go on cultivating food with 18 century farm tools & feed themselves, while they decide what next as governance!

There is no reason Museveni hangs on & owns tax money, dictates, continue to tribalistically divide & rule...!

Ugandans MUST retake their country & NOW or we are the demons & not Museveni!
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-1 #13 kabayekka 2019-04-13 16:00
Akot thanks for your advice. "It's time to ask: Why is Buganda still part of Museveni's Uganda when it can be a real 'nation' running it's affairs without fear of Museveni?"

This is a very good question. It is better asked to the first Ugandan Prime Minister, Ben Kiwanuka. And then Prime Minister and President Dr Obote, President Mutesa II, and all the rest of the Presidents of Uganda.

Unfortunately many of them are dead now. The current President has been asked many times about this question. He has always given his sincere answer. Thank you very much Akot. You are a very good political student.
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+1 #14 Jama 2019-04-15 17:23
I agree with Kali there is no rule of law, respect for human rights or constitution.

Uganda is under the domination of a demagogic, dictatorial, totalitarian and military rule, favoured by a tribally constituted army.

Hon.Zake since you have excluded violence as a method of bringing regime change,its high time to mobilise the grassroot masses ,mostly the youth and the elite.

The day the people will understand that they are the master of those on power and more powerful than their guns it will be the beginning of a new era, for change in Uganda.

In Algeria and Sudan they have proved it.Why not us?
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