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Religious Leaders Urge Gov’t to Postpone Presidential Elections for 3 Years

The Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) has asked government to postpone presidential elections for three years.

Addressing journalists on Wednesday, the clergy, led by Kampala Catholic Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, said politicians are not following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) put in place by the Ministry of Health, something  that has escalated the spread of Covid-19.

Under the arrangement, UJCC said, the Constitution can be amended to allow President Museveni to extend his rule for three years.

“We know the constitution says if elections are postponed, the Speaker of Parliament takes over government. Article 259 of the Constitution allows Parliament to amend laws. We are asking Parliament to sit down and amend the constitution to allow President Museveni to continue ruling and guiding the country during the period of three year postponement of elections,” Archbishop Lwanga said.

He added that besides, the security forces have continued brutalizing Ugandans under the pretext of controlling Covid-19, which has left several opposition candidates restricted.

Cumulative coronavirus infections in the country so far stand at over 27,532 and fatalities have risen to over 220, meaning the virus has on average killed 50 Ugandans every month since the index death in Mbale on July 21.

Health officials have blamed the rising infections on mass rallies.

 

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