By Wilber Muhwezi Kasibante and Nelson Twinamatsiko
The minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs;Maj.Gen.Kahinda Otafiire has vowed that article 102(b) of Uganda’s constitution must be amended if not the country may witness war again.
“No one can lock out president Museveni out of race just because of being above 75 years of age”Maj.Gen.Kahinda otafiire vowed. He argued that no MP above 65 years of age was involved in the recent fight in parliament.
The minister was today afternoon Oct. 14, 2017 addressing thousands of Igara East voters who had turned up to welcome Micheal Mawanda Maranga who recently won an election petition in court of appeal. The function was held at Kyeizooba sub-county playground in Igara East Bushenyi district.
The Igara East parliamentary seat fell vacant on 3rd Oct.2017 when court of appeal nullified Hon.Andrew Martial’s election and ordered fresh election.
Kahinda disclosed that 4,700 NRA fighters died in Luweero during the bush war therefore they won’t lock Museveni out of race the act that may cause war again.
He further revealed that he was part of the 1995 constituent Assembly that made the constitution and the article 102b was moved by DP representatives with an intention to bar the former UPC president Dr.Apollo Milton Obote from contesting for president again.
Kahinda attacked the former Igara East MP;Andrew Martial for opposing plans to amend the constitution, asking “who is Martial ?, by the way I don’t know him”
However, when www.mknewslink.com asked Micheal Mawanda about Otafiire’s remarks, he said if he is elected MP, he will consult his constituents about the issue of constitution amendment.
Otafiire said the people of Igara East have now seen the light of Jesus thus appealing to them not to be misled again.
He warned the voters in Igara East not to mix religion with the forthcoming election, arguing that the election is not about religious leaders but pro development leaders.
He appealed to the voters there to correct the mistake by voting Micheal Mawanda if development is to be registered in their constituency.
In his speech, Hon.Mawanda said the people of Igara East are nowadays happy thus urging them to vote for him in the forthcoming election if they are to remain happy.
He paraded his lawyers led by Owen Murangira and 200 witnesses who assisted him to win the election petition he lodged in court of Appeal that resulted into canceling Hon.Andrew Martial’s election.
He commended them for standing on his side and remaining focused during his court petition.
Mawanda said development projects he had started in his constituency became standstill but pledged to start from where he stopped.
He criticized Andrew Martial for being a weak leader who only concentrates on short term project like chicken rearing and rice growing.
He said for him he had done much in education like constructing schools, giving scholarships among others.
The colourful function was attended by different church leaders from six sub-counties in Igara East Constituency.
Source: www.mknewslink.com ; a western Uganda news website
Supporters as well in happy mood.