ULGA Apologises for Pouring Water On Gen Kahinda
By Serestino Tusingwire
The Uganda Local Governments Association (ULGA) has today issued a statement condemning the recent conduct of some of its members who poured water on the minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Maj General Kahinda Otafiire.
On Saturday, the Association which brings together all the district and lower local governments in Uganda held a consultative meeting at the Mandela National Stadium Namboole, with Yoweri Museveni invited as chief guest.
However, some of the members became agitated when they saw the mere Kahinda stepping in for President Museveni, something they had not anticipated.
Many openly protested they can’t be addressed by a man who is busy championing life presidency which some chorused was the most unpopular thing in their districts and Sub Counties.
“People are crucifying us in our areas thinking we have eaten money to keep Museveni president for life and our operating space is shrinking every passing day because people want their share of the money yet in actual sense we haven’t got anything. We know this is a plot by Museveni to weaken us so that we become vulnerable and hostage to him like the MPs,” shouted one of the LC5 chairpersons who kept heckling that Otafiire, who isn’t even their line minister, had no business addressing them.
They eventually forced him off the stage after pouring water on him.
In a statement signed by George Mutabaazi, the president of the Uganda Local Government Association who is also the Chairperson Lwengo District Local government, the body says it deeply regrets the conduct of its members.
They have also denounced reports that the meeting had been called to discuss purported plans to amend article 102(b) of the constitution to lift the presidential age limit.
It maintains that they are nonpartisan and that the said meeting was constituted as a platform to provide a voice and advocate for the strengthening of the role of Local Government leaders for purposes of attaining the objectives of Vision 2040 and a middle income status by 2020.