Ugandan opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) have called upon Ugandans to stand up for their rights by fighting against what they term a ‘dictatorial regime’ that has disregarded the will of the people.
The MPs were commenting on the events that took place at City Hall when Kampala City Council Authority councillors met to impeach city Mayor Erias Lukwago. The MPs, most of whom are members of the shadow cabinet, said that the problem is not KCCA its Executive Director Jennifer Musisi or the Minister for Kampala Frank Tumwebaze but President Yoweri Museveni.
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and Serere district MP Alice Alaso urged Ugandans to focus on the core of the problem which she says is Museveni whose ‘dictatorship’ is plain for all to see.
Alaso said that Museveni’s ‘dictatorship’ started with the elimination of all the country’s institutions and has now moved onto disregarding the will of the people.
Opposition Chief Whip and Kasese Woman MP, Winnie Kiiza said Museveni has disenfranchised Ugandans of their voting rights by brutally removing the mayor they dully elected.
She urged to withdraw their mandate from him since he has lost credibility.
Shadow Minister for the Presidency and Masaka Municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga said that Tumwebaze as the Minister for the Presidency should be a reflection of the office adding that Ugandans cannot continue to be under an ‘insane’ regime which disregards the law.
Ndorwa East MP Wilfred Niwagaba, who was expelled from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party for not toeing the party line, said yesterday’s ugly scenes were enough to show that Museveni does not care about Ugandans but his selfish interest of consolidating power.
Jinja Municipality East MP Paul Mwiru said that as opposition, they will not struggle over what happened at city hall yesterday saying that nothing legal took place and Lukwago is still Kampala’s legitimate mayor.
He added that it is now upon the judiciary to prove its relevance to Ugandans.
Lukwago was impeached yesterday after 29 out of the 34 councillors voted against his stay in office regardless of a court injunction on the process.