SAY NO TO AMENDING UGANDA'S CONSTITUTION REMOVING THE AGE LIMIT REQUIREMENT FOR PRESIDENT
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Honorable Speaker and Members of Parliament,
The people of Uganda would like to reaffirm that we do not support the anticipated move by the legislative branch to amend Article 102(b) of the Uganda Constitution.
Article 102(b) stipulates that a person is qualified for election as President if that person is not less than 35 years and not more than 75 years of age.
The Parliament eliminated presidential term limits against the will of the people in 2005 and is on a path to further erode the remaining safeguard against power consolidation. This amendment would be a significant step backwards in the democratization of Uganda and makes a mockery of our political process.
With over 70% of Ugandans opposed to amending the constitutional age limit, the members of parliament are legislating against the wishes of the people. In addition to that, cash payments to legislators that precede constitutional amendments confirm transactional politics at the expense of rule of law.
Uganda should be a nation of laws not a nation of men. Eliminating constitutional safeguards breeds leaders that are insulated and isolated from the struggles of Ugandan people. Though some have argued that age and term limits would make good leaders unavailable for service, it severely restricts new leaders with fresh ideas from serving the country.
The Uganda constitution has been written and rewritten in 1962, 1966, 1967 and 1995 in addition to numerous amendments that have been aimed at consolidating power. When our own lawmakers don’t value the laws of the land, the consequence within the populace is discontent, uncertainty and political instability.
The undersigned petitioners therefore ask Uganda's Legislative Assembly to:
- Refrain from attempts and lobbying to amend the constitution.
- Make legislative decisions in the interest of the Ugandan people rather than extending political careers.
- Change the culture of political party centered coercive consultations and legislative maneuvers in amending the constitution.
- Say NO to amending Article 102(b) of the Uganda Constitution.
Your attention to this matter and the voices of Ugandans that you represent will be a step in the right direction.
The Ugandan People.
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