Lumumba said what is happening in Uganda today is akin to a mid-life crisis, a stage that can be easily overcome without fighting over political stalemates such as removing age limits
Lumumba with UPC Party president Jimmy Akena during the Apollo Milton Obote Memorial Lecture at Kampala Sheraton Hotel on Tuesday. Photos by Godiver Asege
Controversial Kenyan lawyer and political commentator, Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba, has urged Ugandans not to fight over the proposal to amend Article 102 (b) to remove age limits, saying that political actors need to discuss the matter amicably.
Lumumba, who was yesterday giving a keynote address at the Dr Obote Milton Obote Memorial Lecture at Kampala Sheraton Hotel, said what is happening in Uganda today is akin to a mid-life crisis, a stage that can be easily overcome without fighting over political stalemates such as removing age limits.
"Age limit is midlife crisis which can be resolved by discussions and not fighting," he said, advising that the wisdom of democracy lies in respecting opponents.
Igara West MP Rapheal Magyezi has proposed the amendment of the constitution to remove age limits for the President and other top local government positions.
EAC integration is good
Lumumba also criticised the emerging rise of negative ethnic nationalism that is clogging states in the region, especially Kenya.
"The rise of negative ethnic nationalism and narrow ethnic identities are becoming prominent. Africa is losing its place at the dinner table of human civilisation not as waiters or food but as dinners," he said, rooting for the East African Community.
"Western democracy is under scrutiny as being divisive and confrontational. It is not age, tribe, but the content of your character."
Prof. Mwambutsya Ndebesa of Makerere University, who discussed Lumumba's keynote speech, also rooted for Pan-Africanism as the only sure way of avoiding being swallowed by the advancing threats against Africa.
"We need Pan Africanism. We have no alternative other than coming together," he said.
Mwambutsya, however, warned against intra administrative divisions that he said directly undermine the motive of the East African federation.
"As we are hoping to have East African federation, we are getting divided into smaller districts," he said.
The meeting was attended by Miria Kalule Obote , Lira Municipality MP, Jimmy Akena , former UPC stalwarts, Dr James Rwanyarare, Yona Kanyomozi, Chris Rwakasisi, Dr Moses Apiliga and former Chwa County MP Okello Okello, among others.