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Museveni must go, says Judge Kanyeihamba

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by ByaseL, Jun 3, 2009.

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    ByaseL JF-Expert Member

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    Emmanuel Gyezaho

    President Museveni, in power since 1986, is way past his sell-by date and shouldn’t stand at the next election if Uganda’s political stability is to be guaranteed, a Supreme Court judge and former political ally has said.

    In the final part of an interview with Daily Monitor, Justice George Wilson Kanyeihamba, a former Attorney General who retires from the bench in November, said Mr Museveni had reached his “academic political ceiling”.

    Justice Kanyeihamba said: “I must be honest and say President Museveni is exhausted. I won’t talk much about his exhaustion but the evidence is clear; when you see him on TV, when he is in meetings, you see the man is totally exhausted.”

    Mr Kanyeihamba’s comments come after President Museveni, who is preparing to stand for his fourth election in 2011, told MPs from his National Resistance Movement party that he was yet to identify a suitable successor from within the party’s top officials.

    The Supreme Court judge’s comments are likely to draw a strong response from President Museveni who has always insisted, especially as he worked to lift the two-term limit on the presidency in 2005, that he should be allowed to remain in office for as long as most Ugandans vote for him. Senior NRM officials have also repeatedly said the decision of the party’s presidential candidate should be left to its members and their delegates’ conference.

    Whereas President Museveni’s supporters say he has achieved political stability, economic growth and improved standards of living, his critics argue that many of those gains are being lost as the government’s attention shifts to regime survival.
    In the final part of the interview that has been serialised in this newspaper since Monday, Justice Kanyeihamba accuses President Museveni of personalising the achievements of the NRM government, and failing to build institutions and groom suitable successors to take over the party and the country.

    Justice Kanyeihamba, who is set to retire after 13 years on the bench, was the brains behind the extension of the NRM government in 1989 as well as part of the team in the Constituent Assembly that helped draw up the Constitution.

    He fell out with the government after he started openly criticising its governance credentials – the reason, he says, he was blocked from two prestigious jobs at the African Court of Human and People’s Rights and as Chief Justice of the Republic of Seychelles – and was one of three judges who ruled, unsuccessfully, for the annulment of the disputed 2006 election.
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    Mwebale ba ssebo. Omusajja yo Museveni atuke ko, antebbe!
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    Museveni, like many of his counterparts in Africa, should go!
    He has been ruling the country for too long, and the fact is he cannot offer Uganda and Ugandans anything new! Like most African presidents, he thinks the presidency belongs to HIM, and his party! He now actively campaigns for someone to be a SAINT, for personal reasons!
    this is a well known DISEASE in African politics and governance and if we do not overcome it, we will always remain D-O-O-M-E-D!!!!