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Ssemujju Attacks Among, Tayebwa for Participating in Gen. Muhoozi’s "Unlawful" Tours :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Ssemujju Attacks Among, Tayebwa for Participating in Gen. Muhoozi’s "Unlawful" Tours

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Section 16 of the Political Organizations Act restricts members of the armed forces, public officers, religious and cultural leaders, and government-owned company employees from participating in partisan politics. In an interview with URN, Ssemujju voiced his concerns.
17 Aug 2023 13:40
Gen. Kainerugaba Muhoozi being welomed by Speaker Among in Bukedea District.

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Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the Kira Municipality Member of Parliament, has criticized Speaker Anita Among and her Deputy Thomas Tayebwa for their alleged involvement in Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba's nationwide tours, which are seen as unlawful. 

Gen. Muhoozi, a serving military officer, the son of President Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, and holding the position of Senior Presidential Advisor on Special Duties, has sparked controversy by declaring his intention to run for the presidency in the 2026 elections. 

This move has raised concerns due to its potential violation of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces – UPDF Act, 2005. Section 99 of the UPDF Act explicitly prohibits military officers from engaging in partisan politics. Similarly, Article 208 (2) of the Constitution emphasizes that the UPDF should maintain a nonpartisan, national, professional, disciplined, and patriotic character. 

Moreover, Section 16 of the Political Organizations Act restricts members of the armed forces, public officers, religious and cultural leaders, and government-owned company employees from participating in partisan politics. In an interview with URN, Ssemujju voiced his concerns. 

He pointed out that during a recent housewarming event organized by Speaker Among in Bukedea District, a political rally took place where Speaker Among was captured on video campaigning for Gen. Muhoozi. This action has led Ssemujju to accuse his superiors of breaching the Constitution and supporting an allegedly illegal act committed by Gen. Muhoozi. This issue is being challenged by lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi in the East African Court of Justice. 

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In response to these allegations, Deputy Speaker Tayebwa defended the event, stating that it was a thanksgiving ceremony open to everyone. He argued that there is no specific law prohibiting military officers from attending such events. 

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Ssemujju's concerns were echoed by Dr. Sarah Bireete, the Executive Director of the Centre for Constitutional Governance (CCG). Dr. Bireete criticized Speaker Among on her Twitter page for violating the Constitution, particularly Article 79 (3), which assigns the Speaker the responsibility of protecting the Constitution and defending democratic governance in Uganda.

“How can Speaker Among who is charged with the responsibility of protecting the Constitution and defending democratic governance in Uganda engage in campaigns of a serving military man in abuse of the law?” wondered Dr. Bireete. 

Earlier in the year, Gen. Muhoozi addressed political rallies disguised as birthday celebrations in various locations. He promised improved funding and service delivery in areas such as infrastructure, sports, and the fight against corruption. 

Lawyer Mabirizi has petitioned the East African Court of Justice in Arusha, Tanzania, arguing that Gen. Muhoozi's actions violate fundamental principles of the East African Community, including good governance, democracy, the rule of law, accountability, transparency, and social justice. 

The legal challenge raises important questions about the intersection of military service and politics in Uganda.

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