The Uganda Joint Christian Council has asked the government to postpone the 2021 elections to a further date three years in the wake of the upward surge of positive coronavirus cases.
The UJCC, headed by Archbishop of Kampala, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, made this request on Wednesday morning, just hours after the Ministry of Health confirmed 526 new positive coronavirus cases in the country. On Wednesday, the ministry reported 489 new cases, bringing the country’s cumulative total to 32,399 cases.
The UJCC went ahead to suggest an amendment in the constitution that allows President Museveni to rule as President for the next three years as Uganda battles her way out of the coronavirus pandemic.
The council argues that politicians and, by extension, their constituents and supporters have neglected the SOPs and guidelines set in place by the ministry of health to curb the virus’s spread.
“A few days ago, our top leadership of UJCC to which I am the current Chairman, discussed this current entire sad situation at length, and we came up with a resolution that we should postpone the presidential elections for at least three years to allow both the Covid-19 pandemic and the electoral climate to cool down and also create a favorable political and social environment which will enhance peaceful free and fair elections. This is a debatable proposition that we call upon the Parliament to discuss objectively,” said Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.
We know the constitution says if elections are postponed, the Speaker of Parliament takes over the 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.
Under advisement from the ministry of health, the Electoral Commission banned massive procession and gathering by politicians and their followers, but that has been the opposite of the picture Uganda has seen thus far.