Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has said Ugandans are left with no other choice but forcing regime change though popular mass action.
This follows last week’s Constitutional Court ruling maintaining the contentious Presidential Age Limit constitutional amendment.
Addressing the media at the party headquarters in Kampala, FDC President, Patrick Amuriat Oboi said the court decision was received as the last funeral rite to the country’s constitution.
“The constitution was murdered by Parliament and Executive and the court just performed the funeral rite,” he said.
Even though FDC wasn’t directly involved in the petition against the amendment, Amuriat said some party members offered representation.
“It is extremely disappointing even after bringing out the facts, proper arguments, bringing out the history of the country and mindful of the fact that decisions taken previously due to constitutional problems caused political turmoil in the country, the judges of the court found it fitting to maintain the status quo.”
Amuriat said given what happened in Court, including the body language of some of the judges who looked intimidated; it wouldn’t be extreme for one to lose all hope in the court system.
“Whereas our colleagues have proceeded to the Supreme Court, we don’t have so much faith left in the judicial process,” he said.
“In the coming weeks and months, we will be going to the public Court of opinion and that is the people of Uganda where power is vested under Article 1 of the Constitution,” Amuriat said.
He noted that the country’s constitution in its current form is no longer a document that can preserve stability of this country since the last safe guard that would allow power to be handed peacefully from one person to another was removed.
“We are going to the people of the country to discuss with them, mobilize them as owners of this country; we will defend the Constitution using constitutional means by mobilizing the population to rise up against a few people who think can dominate the entire country.