By David Lumu
A statement made by Major Okwiri Rabwoni that the 1995 Constitution is just an official document that has not been implemented caused a stir during the first national conference on the constitution.
State minister for justice and constitutional affairs, Fred Ruhindi dismissed the claims as unfounded.
The minister argued that government has implemented the “beautiful gift” and also has tested it over the 18 years.
“The 1995 Constitution is a good constitution. But the actual implementation of this beautiful gift has failed,” Maj. Rabwoni had started off.
However, Ruhindi dismissed the claims, arguing that despite the existence of divergent views in the country, the constitution has been tested and implemented.
Ruhindi also called for a search for national consensus so that these views can be accommodated.
“The 1995 Constitution is the first Constitution in our history that was made popular. So far, three elections have been held under this Constitution,” he said.
“This is a landmark step as far as the implementation of this Constitution is concerned.”
Maj. Rabwoni is the Executive Director of Center for Constitutional Governance, a body that organized the Constitutional conference, which saw Ugandans debate the challenges underpinning the realization of the 1995 Constitution goals.