Hon.Raphael Magyezi-MP for Igara west
This is time to remember the wise people who stored their wisdom in irritlirys we read today. Notable of them is Chinua Chebe in his novel; “Things fall apart’
He stated “turning and turning in the widening glare, the Folkon cannot bear the Folkoner’, things fall apart, the centre cannot hold. A mere anarchy is loosed upon this world”.
Elech Amadi introduced in his novel; The concubine, “The thunder god feasts on his grove, knaps twist rainbows up above, justice suffers here below, we know no way to go.”
George Orwel looked at constitutionalism when the constitution for animals was promulgated some clauses were entrenched;
No animal shall kill any other,
All animals are equal,
No animal shall take alcohol etc, those animals that were greedy, wiser and also grant changed the whole constitution.
No animal shall kill any other, they added without reason.
No animal shall take alcohol, they added to excess.
All animals are equal, they added but some are more equal than others.
The above is a true reflection of the Magyezi age limit bill on article 102(b) of our constitution. The bill is not far from the Christian prayer; “Give us this day our daily bread” where the future provision is left to God.
The reasons advanced by Hon.Raphael Magyezi only convince slow learners of a primary school level.
Hon.Magyezi argues that the upper limit of 75 years of age and lower limit of 35 years to vie for presidency is discriminative to the youth and elderly.To the youth below 35 years of age how can you be discriminated on something you are freely moving into, the elderly when one has not vied for leadership between 35 and 75 years of age when he or she is still energetic, how can one rise to say they are discriminated in the dying ages as a script in the Bible Psalms 90:10
Many people have contended that Uganda’s early post independence years were messed up by leaders because they were young for example Milton Apollo Obote was 36 years old when he became the prime minister in 1962, while Mutesa11 was 37years old when he became president in 1963.If these were failed by age, what will happen when you lower the age from 35? Museveni could have managed because his starting age was 42 slightly higher than what current constitution stipulates as a starting point.
Magyezi should remember that civil servants retire at 60 years of age even it is too late for I have seen two teachers at 60 years of age dosing in classrooms and students leaving them on their desks asleep.
Church of Uganda bishops retire at the age of 75 .The presidency requires a lot of brain work which is difficult for a person beyond 75 years of age to do as mentioned by Dr.Olive C.Kobusingye in the Observer dated September 18, 2017 on page 10.
The reason to why I say the bill is strange is that it is pushed with a sign of catalyst in it. Either someone wants it dead or alive to go though the proponents are working hard to pay the eaten debt or to put themselves on stage to be seen by the sole beneficiary.
It is not convincing that the government has over delayed in implementing court direction in Mbabazi petition when the two years given would expire by March 2018 and we still have six months before the given time. In any case, the judgment had nothing to do with the age limit.
Hon.Magyezi, believe it or not, you are championing a cause of your desires, not the weak reasons you are giving.
I got opportunity to talk to the people you invited to your country home in Kyamuhunga. They say you are ‘Judas Iscariot’. They never sent you to remove presidential age limit cap during their meeting. For sure this is your own creation. All I need to wish you is; success in your maneuvers for you cannot hide truth from time. It will catch up with you or otherwise. When it is time for you to taste what Col.Amanya Mushega, Miria Matembe, Mugisha Muntu, Dr.Col.Kizza Besigye, Kasova, Mbabazi and many other to say, your ‘share’ will be the best because people warned you in time.
To the speaker; Hon.Rebecca Kadaga, hiding behind the powers of speaker and rules of procedure to plunge Cameroon, Libya experience is unfortunate. The action of the speaker is a betrayal of the interpretation of Article 8 of the constitution.
The National symbols like the national anthem which describe Uganda as land of freedom is belittled by the pulling honorable MPs from the chambers of parliament. The speaker’s decision devalues the preamble of the constitution section 3(i)and (ii).
The decision of the speaker to have the opposition MPs dragged out of parliament is inconsistent with section111of the preamble of the constitution.If she relied on the powers of the speaker and rules of procedure on which the constitution should have prevailed over the rules of procedure as Article 2(2) states. The authority to drag the MPs out parliament is not directly provided for by the rules of procedure in parliament in Article 94.The speaker’s act therefore should be a contravention of Article 2(2) of the constitution.
The president, the greatness of a leader is not how long he has stayed in power, but what he has done with the power. When you look at Nelson Mandela’s leadership of 5 years compared to Gaddafi of 42 years, wise leaders have lessons to learn from the two leaders’ length of leadership period.
Your Excellency, there are great signs of total failure of such aspirations in Uganda.
The proponent s of age limit and your supporters, you have sown and be ready to reap the harvest of your sowing.
By Ahabwe Rukira Elly.
AHABWE RUKIRA ELLY
BUSHENYI – KAMPALA- UGANDA