I can envision Uganda great and free by 2021 if citizens, civil society organisations, the clergy, the academia and the press begin today to advocate a mandatory term limit for all elected political leaders.
Remember that Kwame Nkrumah on the eve of Ghana’s independence on March 6, 1957 in his inauguration speech encouraged African elites to join politics by the slogan; “Seek yee first the political kingdom and all else shall be added unto you”.
So, armed with Nkrumah’s bad political mindset, Milton Obote, the first Prime Minister of Uganda after independence in 1962 was the first one to be obsessed by Kwame Nkrumah’s greedy spirit of ‘Seek ye political kingdom first…’
So for no apparent reason, Milton Obote in 1966 toppled the ceremonial President Sir Edward Muteesa and bestowed himself as Uganda’s Executive President by the one man Godfrey Binaisa written Constitution— the Pigeon Hall Constitution ‘of 1967
With the coming of President Museveni into power in 1986, Uganda’s post-independence waves of political constitutional and economic instability somewhat calmed. However, because of the evil political spirit of Nkrumah’s ideology, the political and constitutional instability rebounded as old guards started to fight each other for power— as was from Obote downwards to President Museveni.
Such catastrophically political trends answer the political and constitutional instability sparked the 1995 Uganda Constitution.
Despite several constitutional amendments, the political crisis worsened the situation of old guards fighting each other.
Remember what Jesus said in Mathew 9:16. No one puts a piece of new cloth on an old garment for the patch pulls away from the garment and the tear is made worse. Also Jesus said in Mathew 9:17; neither is new wine put in old wineskins, the skin bursts and wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. Basically, the two parables explain why Ugandans need a unique constitutional clause of; a mandatory term limit for all leaders.
For the above and the reasons below, citizens should start to advocate the mandatory term Limit clause before 2021 to act as a broom, which beats the dust from all the corners of the house preparing it for the bridegroom and his bride.
So the Nkwame Nkruma epidemic rapidly spread the political sphere damaging the good faith of the 1995 Constitution, hence the upshot of political , constitutional and economic woes in the following order:
1. The mindset of backward political culture of changing Governments by the gun by Milton Obote in 1966 was institutionalised in Ugandan politics. This disgraceful means of changing power by force where dictators such as Idi Amin emerged caused loss of life and property.
2. The scrupulous Income Tax (Amendment) Bill 2016 that ring fenced the MPs allowances. This amendment clause was supported mainly by the opposition MPs. Despite President Museveni’s opposition of the Bill through the State House Press Release of May 10, 2016 where he described the Bill as “Politically and morally incorrect clearly pointed out his reasons like; teachers and nurses and other public employees who pay income tax on their meager salaries, and yet MPs who earn considerably well wanted to exempt themselves.
The President further sighted that the Bill caused public outrage.
Earlier on I personally had written an article on May 9, 2017 in New Vision on behalf of Taxpayers blasting the Bill as selfish. However, the President reluctantly signed the Bill.
The MPs immoral act against paying tax strongly opposed Jesus’ teaching about paying tax in Mathew 22:21 “Render the things that are for Caesar and things that are for God’s and the fourth pillar of Islam of paying the alms tax (zakat). This will not be a surprise.
3. The Constitutional selfish amendments passed in December 2017 of the extension of five-year term to seven- year term for all elected officials. This was supported by the Movement MPs and would not surprise the world if tomorrow the MPs granted themselves life-term.
But what surprises the candid world is the opposition MPs, who are so bitter about the repeal of the presidential age limit, which is in line with the national political objectives to promote a just free and democratic government broadly representative of the national character and social diversity of the people —but fail to condemn themselves for fighting in Parliament and for aiding a blasphemous Income Tax (Amendment) Bill 2016.
Conclusively, the whole political hypocrisy and corruption in Uganda from independence to date can only be reduced by the mandatory term limit to free Uganda from the somewhat permanent political Pharisees and exploiters come 2021.
Joseph Kasibante is the chair of the President Rebuild Uganda