A group of Ugandan legislators have petitioned the supreme court to overturn a lower court decision that upheld a constitutional amendment allowing long-serving leader Yoweri Museveni to seek re-election. Parliament, which is controlled by the ruling party, voted overwhelmingly in December to scrap an age limit of 75 for presidential candidates. The original legislation would have effectively ruled out 73-year-old Museveni from standing in the next elections due in 2021. As grounds for appeal, Ladislaus Rwakafuzi, a lawyer in the group of petitioners, said lawmakers had been bribed before the vote and that insufficient public consultations had been held. He also alleged that soldiers ejected some MPs from the chamber during the debate.
Uganda risks losing funding for cervical cancer vaccination, after the country failed to meet the targets required to qualify for national support from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI). Developing countries like Uganda qualify to apply for national funding from GAVI if they can vaccinate more than 50 per cent of the eligible population. The government had however vaccinated just bellows 25 per cent of girls aged nine to 11. GAVI has now said it will suspend funding for the HPV vaccine in Uganda.
Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has reportedly bragged about his capacity to dissolve the legislature in the wake of a parliamentary probe into government torture, the Observer newspaper reports. In an August 27 meeting Museveni warned a section of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) lawmakers that it will not be the first time that it will happen in Uganda’s history. He reportedly went ahead to make reference to the period between 1971 and 1979 when there was no parliament.
Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) and famous singer Bobi Wine is in the United States where he sought specialised treatment after allegedly being tortured by Uganda intelligence services. Bobi Wine’s lawyers told journalists at the press conference in Washington, they would petition the United States government to suspend military funding to Uganda. Wine vowed to come back to Uganda and called upon young Ugandans not to stop fighting.
A music festival in Uganda was cancelled this week for allegedly stimulating homosexuality and driving young Ugandans in the hand of the devil. Uganda’s ‘Nyege Nyege’, a much-anticipated music festival meant to begin this Thursday was cancelled by the government, eliciting protests by Ugandans and public outcry on social media. However, on Thursday the government made a U-turn by reinstating the festival.