By Crispin Kaheru
Kampala-It is true that what is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right. But in this particular case, the voice of Ugandans was unequivocal. Ugandans want article 102(b) to stay in the Constitution; some of the representatives (MPs) on the other hand thought and felt otherwise.
Those who voted contrary to the wishes and aspirations of those they represent will stand to answer; those who voted in line with the interests of their Constituencies, you have been vindicated.
Never the less, today’s vote has put Uganda on a different democratic and constitutional trajectory. The country will have to contend with more questions rather than answers with regard to the governance direction it is taking.
Debate around the amendment of article 102(b) has been shrouded in emotive, sensational and reprehensible conduct. Those who made a choice for or against the amendment today, may have only acted on a spur of the moment; states are not built by impulsive reactions but carefully thought-out, consensual and collective decisions.
Today’s vote may probably mark another “error” rather than a new era in our democratic and governance journey.
Still, the onus remains on Ugandans to confront the governance challenges at hand; and harvest current and future opportunities to make Uganda work for current and future generations.
Editor: This statement was published verbatim from Crispin Kaheru, Coordinator Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU).