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Ntungamo chairman blasts 3rd-term critics

By Vision Reporter

Added 3rd January 2004 03:00 AM

NTUNGAMO district chairman Wycliffe Karazarwe has said the third-term debate is a creation of urban politicians especially MPs.

NTUNGAMO district chairman Wycliffe Karazarwe has said the third-term debate is a creation of urban politicians especially MPs.

By Henry Mukasa
NTUNGAMO district chairman Wycliffe Karazarwe has said the third-term debate is a creation of urban politicians especially MPs.

He blasted MPs in the anti-third-term pressure group, saying they were criticising President Yoweri Museveni who has never said whether or not he wants another term in office.

The Cabinet proposed an amendment to Article 105 of the Constitution to remove the term limits for a president. Critics say it is a ploy to give President Yoweri Museveni another term after his two-term limit expires in 2006.

“The problem is in Kampala especially Parliament, not here (in rural districts),” Karazarwe said.

He said this at a party organised to thank former first deputy premier Eriya Kategaya for his work as Rwampara MP.

Kategaya will be resident in Ruhama (Ntungamo district) after his sub-county, Itojo, was annexed to Ntungamo.

Augustine Ruzindana, who heads the anti-third-term pressure group dubbed, Malwa group, is Ruhaama MP.

Karazarwe bashed Mbarara MP Miria Matembe for saying the fundamental change ushered in by the Movement had been derailed by the third-term drive.

He said Matembe owed her rise to prominence to the Movement.

Nyakayojo LC3 chairman Jomo Mugabi, after enumerating Kategaya’s “memorable achievements”, said “Rwampara still supports 100% the Movement headed by President Museveni.”

He urged Kategaya to seek reconciliation with the president, saying their quarrel was a bad recipe for the Movement since the two were synonymous with it.

“Museveni is the grinding stone and you are the small stone. If you fight, how shall we eat the kalo (millet)?” Mugabi asked.

Mugabi said Museveni and Kategaya had money and passports to flee abroad should trouble erupt in the country.

But former army commander Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu, said even when the struggle to liberate the country was launched by the NRA in 1981, Museveni and Kategaya had passports.

“Some chose to flee but they (Museveni and Kategaya) remained to liberate the country. If we protect our laws, they will solve our problems,” Muntu said.

He said the culture of peaceful handover of power must be implanted into the country. “You come, serve and go,” he asserted. He said in the end, God would show this country its destiny.

“The signals we are receiving are bad for the future,” Mbarara RDC Joseph Arwata said.
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Ntungamo chairman blasts 3rd-term critics

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