Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) led by Archbishop of Kampala, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has asked government to halt the 2021 presidential elections. The association wants government to postpone the presidential elections for three years.
They also want the constitution to be amended to allow President Yoweri Museveni to continue ruling during the period of postponement. According to Lwanga, Uganda is in a terrible situation in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic as politicians are not following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) something that has led to untraceable community transmission of the deadly virus. “We know the constitution says if elections are postponed, the Speaker of Parliament takes over government. Article 259 of the Constitution allows Parliament to amend laws. We are asking Parliament to sit down and amend the constitution to allow President Museveni to continue ruling and guiding the country during the period of three year postponement of elections,” Lwanga said.
however the councils idea has drawn mixed reactions from Ugandans with Dr Kiiza Besigye lashing out to the council. “If this story is correct, then something terribly wrong would have happened to our religious leaders,” the four time presidential candidate said in a Facebook post.
“They would be calling for a postponement of an election 3 weeks away & for Museveni to keep in office beyond 12May2020, which needs a REFERENDUM! Article 260 of the Constitution requires amendment of Article 105 (Term of Office of President) to be approved by a referendum! Election can be postponed thru a President declaring a State of Emergency. However, after 12May 2021, the Speaker of Parliament would act as President,” Besigye added