Nambooze Threatens to Mobilize Community to Conduct LC Election by themselves
The shadow minister for local government Betty Nambooze has given government sixty days to organize local council one elections or else, the opposition is to mobilize the public to conduct these elections by themselves at their villages.
Nambooze says that if government continues to postpone the lower local council elections, the opposition will announce to the public the election period.
She says they will urge the public to convene village meetings and elect the leaders of their choice like the system was in 1980s.
She says that the failure to elect local council is a move to entrench dictatorship because it denies the people the desired democracy.
The existing lower level councils, their mandate expired in 2005 and some have died.
Originally, the Local Councils, then called Resistance Councils (RC), were created as a political and logistical support system for the National Resistance Army (NRA) which had waged a war against president Milton Obote’s government at the time.
The 1995 Constitution revised their name and duties. The RCs became LCs and were replaced by directly elected legislators as the top law making body. When they were still effective, LCs were credited for mobilisation of the community in law and order matters. This included law enforcement, gathering of data on crime and establishment of by-laws in their respective communities, among other things.