Museveni blasts judges for removing 7-year term of parliament
President Museveni has blasted Constitutional Court judges who last week struck down the 7-year term of the president and MPs from the Constitution.
The judges ruled the extension of the life of Parliament and Local Council leaders took away the social contract and rights they had with the electorate of five years, and not seven years
Justice Kenneth Kakuru ruled “the principle of holding elections after every five years, to hold otherwise, is to hold absurdity,” adding, “It could declare the current Members of Parliament for life just like [President Idi] Amin did.”
In a statement issued today, Museveni, who is in South Africa for the BRICS Summit, said the judges fell short of understanding the importance of a long term for the elected leaders but concentrated on theatrics.
He said unfortunately judges in Uganda spend more time on form and not substance, on procedure and not substance
Museveni further noted that in the end, however, “the judges are not the ones in charge of the country.”