By Mable Nakibuuka
Intelligence that has just reached this website indicates that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa, who was announced winner of the January 14th presidential election by the Electoral Commission, plans to amend Uganda’s constitution shortly after swearing in for his sixth term.
President Museveni is set to take oath of office in May this year after which he will officially start his sixth term in office, although National Unity Platform (NUP) principal Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine on Monday filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging Museveni’s presidency, claiming that the election was rigged.
However, leaving the Bobi Wine petition issue aside, our Moles within the corridors of power reveal that plans have been finalised by government to present onto the floor of parliament the Constitution Amendment Bill 2020, which will, as expected, be heavily supported by the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Members of Parliament (MPs), since they are the majority in the August House.
Although the contents of this new amendment bill are still being kept a top secret, our Moles reveal that some of very sensitive matters that will be handled in this amendment include; mandatory possession of land by government, how presidential elections shall be conducted in future, how the Electoral Commission shall conduct elections, new regulations to govern political parties, among others.
In order to achieve that, besides the general Constitution Amendment Bill, the government also plans to make parliament pass the following bills;
Political Parties and Organisations (amendment) Bill, 2019, Electoral Commission (amendment) Bill, 2019 and The Presidential Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
It should be recalled that the government amended the constitution in 2017 to lift the presidential age limit, something that sparked off riots across the country.
The same constitution had a few years earlier on been amended to remove presidential term limits, although the amendment was also shrouded in lots of controversy.