Uganda’s Top Judge Regrets Allowing Museveni To Rule For Long

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  • The constitution of Uganda allows the amendment and removal of the presidential age limit without a referendum - something Justice Owing-Dullo deem unfair.

Uganda’s Chief Justice said he bitterly regrets the removal of presidential term limits from the country’s constitution that has allowed Yoweri Museveni rule for long.

Daily Monitor reports that Justice Alfonse Owing-Dollo said the bod he was part of made a mistake.

“I wept for this country [over] the removal of the presidential term limits. That is where we lost it. The mistake we made in the Constituent Assembly was not to entrench, not to make it difficult for anyone to amend the provisions of the term limits,” he said.

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Justice Alfonse Owing-Dullo. Photo Courtesy

On the other hand, the subject of presidential limits is controversial since the long-serving President, Yoweri Museveni, 76 and the limit for re-election were previously capped at 75 until the ruling party successfully scrapped it off.

The constitution of Uganda allows the amendment and removal of the presidential age limit without a referendum – something Justice Owing-Dullo deem unfair.

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“That one, I take responsibility and anybody else who was in the Constituent Assembly; that we should have secured, entrenched that provision so that if you want to amend that particular article, you would go back to the people. We failed the people of Uganda as a consequence,” he said.

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