Ugandan Clergy in their umbrella organization Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) have asked the government to postpone the forthcoming general elections for three (3) more years and amend the constitution to allow the incumbent President Tibuhaburwa Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to stay in power in that period of time.
This they have said is due to the exponential growth in the number of COVID-19 cases which have become a worrying factor to the Ministry of Health and the entire health sector as a whole.
The council have suggested that the elections be conducted in 2023 when the COVID-19 pandemic has been contained or at least subsidized.
Postponement of the elections would require that sitting president to declare a state of emergency in the country and therefore step down; this would then call for the speaker of parliament to take charge of the country until elections can be conducted.
The council, however, suggest that the constitution be amended to allow the incumbent to stay in charge of the country even when the elections have been postponed.
The council was led by Catholic Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga who made the remarks in a press conference held in Kampala.
“Politicians are not following Standard Operating Procedures and this has increased the spread of COVID-19. We request the government to postpone the elections for three years,”Archbishop Lwanga
Fr. Daniel Musiitwa who is the deputy executive secretary in UJCC said that security forces are using COVID-19 as an excuse to brutalize Ugandans and said that postponement will help to save the lives of Ugandans.
“We have seen security agencies brutalizing Ugandans. Several deaths have also been registered from this high handedness,”Father Musiitwa
UJCC has leaders from the Orthodox believers, Church of Uganda, and the Catholic Church.
The umbrella association was formed in 1963 to promote peace in Uganda