Bukenya Okays M7 to Rule Pakalast
By Serestino Tusingwire
Former vice president Prof. Gilbert Bukenya has urged parliament to enact laws that enable President Museveni to rule for life.
At his Katomi resort hotel in Wakiso on Friday, the former Busiro North MP said that Museveni is the founder of the nation who deserves special treatment.
“As far as President Museveni is concerned, let him continue. He has good ideas,” Bukenya said.
“Museveni is a Mahathir Mohamad of Uganda; so, I would let him be a special something and lead until his time comes.” He added.
Mahathir Mohamad, who ruled for 22 years, was Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister.
He is credited for leading the transformation of Malaysia from a third to first-world country.
Bukenya, who lost the vice president’s job in 2011 and his Busiro North seat in 2016, further said Museveni “has put in a lot of effort; so, we can have a clause for him.”
Bukenya emphasized the need for a constitution that stands the test of time.
In that regard, he said Museveni could be enabled to stay on as president without necessarily having to amend article 102(b) of the constitution, which prevents him from standing again in 2021, having attained 75 years.
This, Bukenya said, can be achieved through other avenues such as a referendum or a presidential order.
“It does not mean that we will have it in the constitution. We can even make a presidential law and say: “In as far as President Museveni is concerned, we lift the age limit because of what he has brought to this country.”
Last year, Bukenya joined the opposition Democratic Alliance (TDA) in a bid to defeat Museveni in the 2016 elections.
However, he later made a surprising U-turn and decided to back NRM’s Museveni.
Bukenya later announced that he had quit elective politics to concentrate on other ventures.