SIRâ€” Reference is made to The Monitor story of Monday, page 1, titled â€œThird term might cause crisis â€”- Ssemoâ€.
In his arguments against the lifting of the presidential term limit â€” the so-called third term, Dr Paul Ssemogerere, leader of the Democratic Party, was quoted as saying, among other things, that â€œIt is not only DP making against the third term project but even the Army opposes it secretly.
â€ He goes on to say that â€œIf Ugandans become obsessed with the third term, those who donâ€™t want it in Government may be forced to think of a coup as the last alternative.â€
We in the UPDF wish to state the following:-
a) We, the UPDF, as the peopleâ€™s army, wonâ€™t do any such thing as subverting or overturning the peopleâ€™s powers, to which we have all along sacrificed everything including the last price of our lives, to uphold the peopleâ€™s power to decide on the system and method of self-governance.
b) Our constitutional character of being national and non-partisan as spelt out in articles 208 and 209 of the Constitution are our guiding principles in whatever we do for our country men and women, peace and stability.
c) We respect every Ugandanâ€™s right to take part in the debate and decision-making process as Ugandans review the Constitution to develop the democracy we bled for without fear or favour, pride or prejudice.
d) We implore our people at whatever political level they may be not to drag us into their political differences. For by doing so, they will be making it difficult for us to remain what Article 208 enjoins us to be â€” non-partisan.
e) Such Ugandans like Ssemogerere, with due respect, have often claimed that Ugandaâ€™s politics was messed up by the Army, yet they are the ones indeed, who have always made attempts to misuse and/or abuse the Army when they fail to respect the principles of democracy â€” free debate and respect for the majority view.
f) Finally, we wish to re-assure Ugandans that we wonâ€™t use the means at our disposal to disenfranchise Ugandans,
for we are because they are, and since they are, therefore we are.
Maj Shaban Bantariza
Donâ€™t drag Army into political differences