Op-ed: Is Uganda's Constitution being slowly but surely undermined?
By 31 August 2018
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On Friday, August 17, the New Vision, carried a story titled ‘Arua Polls: Museveni says MPs must face the law.’ This was days after the killing of Yasin Kawuma, not to mention the arrest and detention of several Members of Parliament, some of whom have been reportedly brutalised at the hands of security personnel.
When the President, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces and the Fountain of Honour, spoke about the incident, with no resolve to bring to book the security personnel who caused the arrest and brutalised the MPs, I could not help but wonder whether he had a clear recollection of the facts on the ground as the Head of State.
How could he speak up against violence by unarmed (forget the alleged finding of weapons in their rooms) civilians and yet keep a blind eye on the acts of the security personnel? This was a violation of the victims’ fundamental human rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda.
Read the full article here: Daily Monitor