Civil society organizations are considering seeking a court injunction to block the 2016 general elections unless key electoral reforms are instituted.
According to URN, under their umbrella platform, the Free and Fair Elections campaign, the activists have also threatened to drag Parliament to court for what they term as complete disregard of the views and concerns of citizens to pass the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015, two weeks ago.
MPs voted to approve Article 60 Clause (1) of the Constitution changing the name of the Electoral Commission (EC) to the Independent Electoral Commission.
Article 83 Clause (1) (g) of the Constitution was also amended allowing Independent MPs to cross to a political party of their choice in a period of twelve months to the end of the Parliament term.
The twelve months period is to allow time to the independent MPs to participate in the party primaries of the party to which they have crossed.
This position also applies to all elected leaders at the Local Government level.
TDA also moves to plan C
Joined by the political opposition, civil society organisations believes removing the NRM government is the only way to ensure the rule of law and free and fair elections.
According to The Observer, while announcing the resolution of the summit of The Democratic Alliance (TDA), Prof Fredrick Ssempebwa, the chairperson of TDA’s summit, which is the top most organ of the alliance, said they have now come to the conclusion that no meaningful constitutional or electoral reform, can be achieved under the NRM government regime.
“It is now evident that this government will not honour the will of Ugandans. It is increasingly clear that comprehensive reforms can only be taken under a new government,” he is quoted by The Observer as saying.
Ssempebwa told media at TDA’s headquarters in Naguru government’s actions and the decision of the Ninth Parliament were a kick in the teeth for the wishes of ordinary Ugandans.
“We however wish to assure the people of Uganda that they should not lose hope because electoral reforms are a must and they will happen at the right time at a time of our choosing as citizens,” he said.
Present were opposition leaders; Reagan Okumu, the acting president of Forum for Democratic Change; Democratic Party president Norbert Mao; Ken Lukyamuzi of the Conservative Party; Justice Forum president Asuman Basalirwa; Dick Olum of the People’s Progressive Party; and Hope Mwesigye, representing a pressure group associated with former prime minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi.
Sejusa digs in
Gen David Sejusa’s Free Uganda (FU) and Platform to Rescue Uganda (PRU) had warned that Museveni will not allow any political or electoral reforms.
Sejusa insists “Museveni can never be a reformer and will never deliver any types of reforms while in power”.
“The political opposition now unanimously concede that they were wasting precious time and efforts, begging Museveni to deliver reforms, and that from now going forward, they (the opposition, under the Democratic Alliance (TDA) umbrella will only focus on efforts meant to end the rule of Mr Museveni (i.e dismantling the regime) and not seeking to join the already rigged sham 2016 elections.”
In a statement extended to The Insider, Sejusa says the new TDA position is very positive and will be most welcomed by the People of Uganda, who in their growing numbers know well that only if the Museveni regime is dismantled and a people-centred transition government is put in place can the necessary political and electoral reforms be carries out.
What now remains to be seen, he continues, is whether TDA will match its words with action, and whether Ugandans will now see cumulative action-packed events that will ultimately end in the removal of the Museveni regime from power.
“The People of Uganda are ready for action to remove Museveni. What they need is effective mobilisation and empowerment with the necessary skills and tools to do the job.”
He says this will not be easy, “but if all Ugandans get united around the sole agenda of removing the greatest impediment to a democratic transition – i.e the Museveni regime, then a true People Power insurrection can be achieved which will dismantle the already weakened regime”.