Dear Brothers and sisters,
Assalam alaikum.From the comments on the recently released cabinet list both here and elsewhere, an impression is being created that to insist on fair representation in government leadership is an act begging. this is not true.
Some have even suggested that we forget politics for a while and concentrate on business and education. This is case of a “coping mechanism”.
Muslims demand fair representation because they know that it is a constitutional requirement. Mr. Museveni has repeatedly breached these provisions.
The matter of support to Mr. Museveni is not an issue here. At the NRM delegates conferences almost 30% or more delegates are Muslim. I have seen the records my self. More Muslims support the NRM than any other party including JEEMA which has a large number of Muslims but received more votes in Acholi, Lango and Teso (low Muslim population areas) and Busoga (with a fairly high Muslim population). In 1996 and 2001 when JEEMA fielded a presidential candidate Mr. Mayanja Kibirige, Muslim Buganda ‘rejected’ JEEMA, preferring NRM. The situation is gradually changing though.
I know many better qualified Muslims in Uganda (than those that have been appointed in the recent cabinet positions disproportionately), in breach of the constitution,who are actively working for Mr. Museveni and would ‘even kill for him’.
Cabinet appointments in Uganda are the gauge of political value of a community at the time of a reshuffle. The present Muslim value is approximately zero. That is being facilitated by the systematic labeling of Muslims as local murderers and local terrorists (forget the global tag) – indeed more and more useful Muslims, not only Sheikhs, will be arrested and scandalized in the build up to the 2016 elections. Just scan the news (Radio, TV, Print) since December 25, 2015 to grasp the trend.
I agree though that Cabinet posts can be a terrible delusion when those holding them are selfish, as they don’t translate into real value for money for the communities of those that hold them.
When it comes to security forces – all the heads – of Land Forces, Air Force, Police, Prisons, ISO, ESO, CMI …. are headed by persons who speak a common language group – Runyakitara. So is the case for new Minister of security and Minister for Internal Affairs.This is a breach of the constitution.
A deliberate move must be made to address this injustice and constitutional breach. A frank, structured dialogue on this issue between the various Muslim groupings in Uganda and Mr. Museveni’s government – is recommended.
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA, 1995.
National Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy
I. Implementation of objectives.
(i) The following objectives and principles shall guide all organs and agencies of the State, all citizens, organisations and other bodies and persons in applying or interpreting the Constitution or any other law and in taking and implementing any policy decisions for the establishment and promotion of a just, free and democratic society.
(ii) The President shall report to Parliament and the nation at least
once a year, all steps taken to ensure the realisation of these policy objectives and principles.
II. Democratic principles.
(i) The State shall be based on democratic principles which empower and encourage the active participation of all citizens at all levels in their own governance.
(ii) All the people of Uganda shall have access to leadership
positions at all levels, subject to the Constitution.
(iii) The State shall be guided by the principle of decentralisation and devolution of governmental functions and powers to the people at appropriate levels where they can best manage and direct their own affairs.
(iv) The composition of Government shall be broadly representative of the national character and social diversity of the country.
(v) All political and civic associations aspiring to manage and direct public affairs shall conform to democratic principles in their internal
organisations and practice.
(vi) Civic organisations shall retain their autonomy in pursuit of their declared objectives.
III. National unity and stability
(i) All organs of State and people of Uganda shall work towards the
promotion of national unity, peace and stability.
(ii) Every effort shall be made to integrate all the peoples of Uganda while at the same time recognising the existence of their ethnic, religious, ideological, political and cultural diversity.
(iii) Everything shall be done to promote a culture of cooperation,
understanding, appreciation, tolerance and respect for each other’s customs,traditions and beliefs.
(iv) There shall be established and nurtured institutions and procedures for the resolution of conflicts fairly and peacefully.
(v) The State shall provide a peaceful, secure and stable political environment which is necessary for economic development.
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