Political players have decried the unending constitutional amendments since the promulgation of the 1995 constitution of Uganda saying the original contents have been duplicated.
This was expressed as the Ugandan Human Rights Commission (UHRC) convened political party heads, academia and civil society to take stock of 15 years of the multiparty system and the 1995 constitution effect on the country’s politics.
Article 52 (1) (e) of the Constitution of Uganda enjoins UHRC to “create and sustain within society the awareness of the provisions of this Constitution as the fundamental law of the people of Uganda,” but 15 years since the country ushered the political multiparty dispensation, how has Uganda faired.
UHRC called the meeting of the political stakeholders at Sheraton Hotel to discuss politics and constitutionalism.
It was at this meeting that UHRC was tasked to consider revising the sovereignty of the 1995 constitution.
Some of the political leaders argued that the constitution has been severally been tempered with in the favor of the ruling party.
Democratic Party President Norbert Mao argued that the current constitution doesn’t guarantee democracy to Ugandans.
That was not the only challenge tabled, the harsh political atmosphere especially for the opposition political parties stood out.
Sarah Bireete, the director Center for Constitutional Governance (CCG), called upon the political players not remain silent as the democracy is being battled.
Despite the challenges, the opposition was castigated for not doing enough to convince Ugandans.
In his response Norbert fires back at the academia for being ignorant on what’s on ground.
The political players believe that voting will not bring about democracy as they front dialogue among others for change