With this year’s Tarehe Sita anniversary fast approaching, opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has threaten to drag government court over the annual celebrations.
The FDC is questioning the essence of these celebrations which it says do not reflect national character.
Addressing the press today in Najjanankumbi, Ibrahim Semujju Nganda the party spokesperson said continuously celebrating this day goes against Article 208 (2) of the constitution which disassociates Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) from partisan tendencies.
The FDC, among others wants the day’s name to be changed from Tarehe Sita which literally is a commemoration of the first rebel assault on Kabamba barracks; to an all encompassing day that celebrates UPDF’s national achievements forsaking bush victories which merely glorify one man, President Yoweri Museveni.
Short of that, Nganda said, FDC is contemplating petitioning court for its total removal.
“While remembering historical events is important especially to the young generation, continued celebration of this day (President Yoweri Museveni) launched a guerrilla war undermines the spirit of our constitution especially article 208”, Semujju explains.
The said article 208(2) states, “The Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces shall be nonpartisan, national in character, patriotic, professional, disciplined, productive and subordinate to the civilian authority as established under this Constitution.”
Meanwhile, during the press address, Semujju who is also the Kiira Municipality legislator took time to criticize the Administration Of Parliament Amendment Bill that is being fronted by Andrew Baryayanga, the Kabale municipality legislator together with his Busiro East counterpart Medard Segona.
This bill proposes among others that the opposition MPs leadership should be chosen at parliament and not by the leading opposition party.
This bill, Semujju says is a recipe for disaster that shall only create a rift between legislators and their mother parties.
“It is dangerous because it seeks to detach MP’s from their political party headquarters. It is a source of conflict and confusion. We shall ask FDC MPs to reject it”, he says.