Prevent serving military officers becoming Members of Parliament or civil servants.

Prevent serving military officers becoming Members of Parliament or civil servants.

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Fellowship of Community Enlightenment started this petition to Ugandan Parliament and

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The majority of Ugandans spend their lives in poverty, facing violence and injustice. This takes the following forms; unemployment, hunger, homelessness, malnutrition, slum dwellings, illiteracy, and infant mortality amongst others.

The Fellowship for Community Enlightenment (FCE), believes that it’s the collective responsibility of all Ugandans to find possible solutions to address the evil of poverty which is the most challenging issue to Ugandans.

When the FCE was studying the primary causes of poverty, we noted with concern that there is an uneven distribution of the available civil jobs amongst Ugandans.

Its evident that some individuals are holding more than one job and this is certainly the case with serving military officers who often work in civil offices as well as carrying out their military duties. These privileged individuals earn salaries for each job that employs them. For instance, Gen. Katumba Wamala is paid as a military officer, a member of parliament and a minister.

The practice of having serving military officers in parliament as well in civil offices has also posed the following issues:

1. The intentional creation of fear amongst civilians so they don't speak out against injustice and never seek accountability of public services and funds.

2. The militarization of parliament and civil offices. EG: Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) has the primary motive of enhancing military rule.

3. Military officers elected to Parliament or employed in civil offices follow the orders of their commander in chief rather than public policies and laws.

4. The few individuals holding more than one job are earning a lot of money while the majority of Ugandans are starving. Thus the policy increases the gap between rich and poor.

5. The act of giving people more than one job enhances the poverty that leads to the poor living standards of Ugandans.

6. The laws are unfair and inconsististant because serving military officers aren't required to resign first before standing for political office whereas civil servants are.

To address the above mentioned issues, the Fellowship for Community Enlightenment has decided to start a campaign to prevent serving military officers becoming members of parliament and civil servants. 

 

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