Office of the Leader of Opposition - Parliament of Uganda

Office of the Leader of Opposition - Parliament of Uganda

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To God be the glory

The mandate of the Opposition in Parliament is derived from Article 82A of the 1995 Constitution of The mandate of the Opposition in Parliament is to project a credible alternative government image to the population, through articulation of alternative approaches and policies.

This is largely done in Parliament, but also through direct active engagement with the public through various fora, such as rallies, debates, talk shows, and media channels. The small number of Opposition members remains a challenge, and so are the limited resources available.

Operating as usual

12/05/2015

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSALS FOR ELECTORAL REFORMS AS CONTAINED IN THE CONSTITUTION (AMENDMENT) BILL NO. 11 OF 2015 DO NOT MEET THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE MAJORITY UGANDANS

PRESS STATEMENT BY THE COORDINATING TEAM FOR THE FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS CAMPAIGN

Members of the Press, fellow Ugandans,

We wish to address you in our capacity as the Coordinating Team for the Free and Fair Elections (FFE) Campaign. As you may be aware, the Free and Fair Elections Campaign is a citizens’ campaign bringing together a wide range of stakeholders including political leaders, the civil society and eminent Ugandans who are committed to pursuing reforms that will result into the establishment of a credible electoral system to guarantee free and fair elections in Uganda.

During the course of 2014, the Free and Fair Elections campaign organized a series of public rallies across the country to consult citizens on the nature of reforms needed to improve our electoral system. The Campaign also organized 14 regional forums that brought together approximately 4,000 Ugandans who deliberated on the range of reforms needed to improve and strengthen our electoral system.

On November 24-26, 2014, over 1,300 Ugandans including political party leaders, representatives of all Ugandan political parties, religious and other civic leaders assembled here in our Nations Capital in a National Consultation on Free and Fair Elections to consider proposals from the 14 regions. The Consultation adopted a Citizens Compact on Free and Fair Elections containing 18 reform proposals and a commitment to its full implementation.

The National Compact also took into account reform proposals from key platforms such as the Inter-party Political Organization for Dialogue (IPOD), the National Consultative Forum (NCF), the Citizens Coalition on Electoral Democracy (CCEDU), the Electoral Commission (EC) and the Cabinet reform proposals contained in its matrix dated June 27, 2014.

To that extent, the Citizens Compact on Free and Fair Elections reflects a widespread consensus and a commitment among Ugandans to advocate for comprehensive reforms to sanitize our electoral system.

It is therefore disappointing that the Government of Uganda presented a Bill in Parliament that is completely devoid of substance and in all particulars ignores the will of the citizens as expressed in all those proposals in general, and the Citizens Compact on Free and Fair Elections.

The Citizens Compact on Free and Fair Elections was duly submitted to the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, the Uganda Law Reform Commission, the Speaker of Parliament, the Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business and the President of Uganda.

We can therefore only conclude that the presentation of a Bill that does not contain comprehensive constitutional and electoral reforms as contained in the Citizens Compact on Free and Fair Elections and other reform proposals is deliberate and consistent with the arrogance that Government handles matters of interest to the citizens of Uganda.

As citizens, we look at Parliament as our last line of defense against such arrogance. We therefore call upon all citizens and peace loving Ugandans to engage in various civic actions to put pressure on Parliament to listen to the call by Ugandans to enact comprehensive reforms to ensure that our country can for once have a credible electoral management system.

In this regard, the Free and Fair Elections Campaign will embark on remobilizing the country to rally behind Parliament and demand that it rejects the proposed Bill and ensure that the reforms enacted are comprehensive and take into account the proposals from all Ugandan stakeholders.

Consequently:

1) We will embark on holding a series of public rallies to rally citizens to demand for comprehensive electoral reforms, which our country deserves.

2) We invite all citizens to join the Free and Fair Elections Campaign Marathon scheduled to take place on May 24, 2015 here in Kampala and in selected major towns across the country as well announce in due course.

3) We call upon all peace loving Ugandans in their different formations: religious leaders, professional and business associations, civil society organizations and individual citizens to raise the issue of free and fair elections and the intransigence of Government manifest in its Bill to parliament and to mobilize citizens to reject this Bill and demand for comprehensive reforms to establish a credible electoral system.

4) We will align our efforts with all pro-democracy forces inside and outside parliament that are working to ensure that alternative comprehensive reform bills are presented and debated in Parliament.

In the pursuit of this campaign, we are conscious of the fact that since independence, Uganda has never had a free and fair election. Almost every election has been contested in some cases leading into protracted conflict, violence and consequently the suffering of our people.

It is therefore the constitutional duty and civic responsibility of every Ugandan to ensure that future elections must be held based on a credible electoral management system to guarantee its fairness all participating parties.

We call upon all Ugandans to be ready to challenge any outcome from the current process that falls short of comprehensive reforms that will result into the establishment of an independent electoral commission, a credible and verifiable voters’ register, a credible election results transmission system and other important reforms as contained in the Citizens Compact on Free and Fair Elections.

For God and My Country

Patricia Munabi Babiiha
For and on Behalf of the Coordinating Team
Free and Fair Elections Campaign.

18/02/2014

REMARKS BY THE OUTGOING LEADER OF OPPOSITION TO PARLIAMENT OF UGANDA

Rt. Hon. Speaker;

Colleagues Members of Parliament,

Happy New Year Colleagues

First and foremost, let me take the earliest opportunity to congratulate my successor Honorable Wafula Oguttu on his opportunity as new Leader of Opposition.

His appointment cements a culture that we so dearly cherish in Forum for Democratic (FDC) and desire for our country. The culture of leaders to serve and go, we recently elected a new party president. It is a mark of a good leader to serve and go. A good leader must not succumb to cheerleaders and schemers who always call upon him or her to stay on.

I want to assure you Rt. Hon. Speaker and Members that the incoming new Leader of Opposition is a distinguished gentleman, elder and statesman. I want to assure Honorable Wafula Oguttu of my total support. Please call on me whenever need arises.

Leading the opposition in Parliament is a very challenging job that requires dedication, courage and full alertness Tony Blair in the Evening Post recently said, “I really sympathize with Milbrand- the current LOP of UK. He said he was in that position for 3 years and knows how hard the job is”. There is pressure to act in a dignified manner, yet our opponents can act undignifiably, very provocative and almost in a mob justice style.

I am grateful to the Almighty God who gave me good health, wisdom and ability to lead the Opposition in Parliament for the last two and half years. Special thanks go to the Speaker of Parliament and the Deputy speaker, Prime Minister, Parliamentary Commission, all Members of Parliament and staff of Parliament. In the special way, I am highly indebted to the FDC party and the FDC Party President emeritus Col. Dr. Kiiza Besigye for having entrusted me with such responsibility to serve my country. It was indeed a great honour for me from the slopes of Mt. Elgon.

As a leader I had to make sometimes hard and critical decisions; to which I take responsibility. I have fought for what I believe in. I have tried, to the best of my ability, to discharge those duties and meet those responsibilities that were entrusted to me. I have spoken to you in this Parliament as a Leader of Opposition, Chair of both the Public Accounts Committee and the National Economy Committee in which so many decisions were made that have shaped the future of this nation. In all the decisions I have made, I have always tried to do what was best for the nation. During my tenure of office, there have been various achievements in which we can all be proud of, achievements that represent the shared efforts of the members of opposition and the entire public. But the challenges ahead are equally enormous.

I am grateful to the people of Budadri West, who called on me while I was working with World Bank to quit the juicy job to come back and I am happy to be still serving them since 2001. They have nurtured me as their child from the ‘Mountain Of The sun’, I am grateful to the people of Bugisu for the opportunity. My initial desire was being a civil servant; I am now stuck here in politics. This Journey started way back in the 7th Parliament as a young legislator, Parliament overwhelmingly elected me the Chairperson National Economy, in 8th Parliament I was appointed Chairman PAC and in the 9th Parliament I have served as the Leader of Opposition and Happy to handover to the new Leader of Opposition.

In a special way, I thank Team Nandala who propelled me to Uganda and the whole world when I contested for Presidency of FDC in 2012. Am heavily indebted to them, and equally thank the people of Uganda who have supported me all along. I assure all Ugandans, am around and I will be coming to your respective areas soon to see you and thank you in person.

Today the new Leader of Opposition is inheriting an office that has taken off as a fully established and constituted institution by law for the progress and success in checking government excesses. As usual and as a democratic leader we must show the lead as other parties follow. So let us all now join together in affirming our common commitment in helping the poor lady and gentleman in the villages of Kyanamukaka Masaka district, Nshwere in Nyabushozi district, Katerampungu in Kanungu district, Lobule in Koboko district, in Lulyambuzi parish Kamuli distrct and Karita in Amudat to live a better life.

I pledge to you that as long as I have a breath of life in my body I shall continue to fight against injustice, dictatorship and advocate for equality for all. I shall continue to work for the great causes to which I have been dedicated throughout my years as a leader of Bugisu Cooperative Union, FDC member and a Member of Parliament. There is one cause above all to which I have been devoted and to which I shall always be devoted for; to see that there is equitability in Uganda. The mission is not lost. The struggle continues. God bless you all.

For God and My country

Nathan Nandala- Mafabi, MP
Outgoing LEADER OF OPPOSITION
18th Feb, 2014

07/01/2014

Happy New Year fellow countrymen and women. I have the pleasure of congratulating all Ugandans for going thru 2013 and also call on all of us to brace up for the tasks ahead in 2014.

I wish to inform all Ugandans that Parliament is right now on recess. In this period, Members are meant to be in their constituencies educating and consulting them on a ray of issues of what has transpired in Parliament and what is coming ahead.

Personally, I am in the field holding a series of meetings with my constituents. Parliament is however, open and my Office is operating as usual.

We will have to work very hard this year if we will have a good report to make at the end of it particularly aware that the following year will be one of campaigns for General elections.

19/12/2013

STATEMENT BY THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN PARLIAMENT ON THE NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE RT. HON. PRIME MINISTER/LEADER OF GOVERNMENT BUSINESS ON KAMPALA CAPITAL CITY AUTHORITY (KCCA) AFFAIRS - 19TH DECEMBER 2013

GOVERNMENT FAULTS ON NEGOTIATIONS AGAIN

Rt. Hon. Speaker and Hon. Colleagues, on the 25th day of November, 2013 I brought to the attention of this House the political impasse at KCCA, following the refusal by Government to respect the Order of Court halting the process that was commencing at the Council for the impeachment of the Lord Mayor of the Authority. The Government response through the leader of Government Business was that those matters were being handled by Government and proposed that we sit down to discuss and dialogue over them.

My negotiation team that included Hon. Mathias B Nsubuga, M.P Bukoto south; Hon. Abdul Katuntu, the Shadow Attorney General; Hon. Medard Sseggona Lubega, the Shadow Minister for justice and Constitutional Affairs; together with Mr. Peter Walubiri and Mr. Caleb Alaka, the lawyers for the Lord Mayor commenced negotiations with the view that Government respects the order of Court. The government side was led by the Prime Minister Rt.Hon. Amama Mbabazi, Attorney General, Peter Nyombi and Team, and Kiwanuka Kiryowa Lawyer for KCCA and UMEME.

Rt. Hon. Speaker and Hon. Colleagues, we proceeded with negotiations in the sincere hope that the Government side was as committed as ourselves to the dialogue as a means of resolving conflict and allowing normalcy to reign again as opposed to impunity and asserting the rule of might.

Together with a number of other stakeholders, we hoped that the voice of reason was going to prevail. Unfortunately, it was a game of tricks instead.

It was evident from the proceedings that Government was engaging in a game of delaying tactics to defeat reason which we were very keen on giving a chance. We have endured the pain and agony of being called names; the people of Kampala who elected the leader maintained their patience in the hope that the negotiations were genuine. Alas, the Government approach was and remains insisting on claims of illegalities of the court processes as they as they buy time to prepare for by-elections and this we could not be party to.

Allow me register my profound disappointment with the state for its failure to sustain and engage in a meaningful negotiation about the impasse in Kampala. The talks have thus collapsed. For the last 2 weeks or so we have been meeting with the Prime Minster Rt. Hon. Amama Mbabazi and his team to try and get solutions to the standoff between the Lord Mayor on the one hand and the Executive Director and the Minister of Kampala on the other.

Things to note: Forgery of report by the Chairperson and the Vice chairperson of Public Service Committee, beating of the lawyer of the Lord Mayor, beating Kampala Members of Parliament e.tc.

In our view, the negotiations were supposed to be preceded by total and unconditional respect for the Court Order that restrained the state from engaging in unlawful activity. Yet this illegality continues to manifest even now in the heavy deployment of the police and other para military forces at the Lord Mayor’s office, making it difficult for his smooth operation and work.

The talks had been envisaged on the grounds that for the harmonious development of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and peace for our country we need to have a cohesive administration for the Authority. And this we did even when we knew that the courts and therefore the law was on our side but we were willing to compromise and that is the reason we went for dialogue. It has however come out very clearly now that harmony and peace are not the least of the intensions on the part of Government.

The cause of the collapse of the talks seems to be founded in sheer bad faith and the need to remain oppressive to the elected leadership of the city. I am saddened to note that the notion that “nobody needs chaos in Kampala” is no longer tenable. It is fast becoming clear that government has an interest in a chaotic Kampala. There is definitely something government wants about Kampala that is beyond negotiation.

You will recall that the first major dialogue that the NRM regime had with the opposition in 1996 failed as a result of the demand by government that the then National Political Commissar Hon. Kiyonga Crispus chairs the process all through when the other parties in the dialogue argued for rotational chairmanship. Inevitably, the talks collapsed.

But just in case my friend Mr. Amama Mbabazi, Madam Jenifer Musisi, and President Museveni thought that we could go into negotiations for anything because we are feeling a defeated lot, they will be called to think again. Rather they will be advised to note the following;

1. That Kampala does not belong to them but all of us all.

2. We know that their approach to dealing with issues and situations often is guided by the must-win mentality.

3. We are also aware that their perspective of handling anything is that of violence, abuse and crude brutality.

4. That as the days go by we are more prepared to deal with them in these tastes in manners that might shock them.

5. That above all, we are a peaceful and straightforward lot but who have immeasurable capacities to engage in tricks, violence or even force in the same manner that any other group of human would.

Otherwise it should be noted that the Opposition has over the years been very open to dialogue. We have consistently called for a National Dialogue and this remains the ideal need for this country.

We must have an all-inclusive dialogue involving all interests like all political parties, the civil society, the media, the religious fraternity, all gender, the traders and indeed the academia. We need to have this conversation on how we want to move this country forward.

The uncertainty being caused by government’s operations in trickeries will not help this country.

FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY



Nathan Nandala Mafabi (MP)
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN PARLIAMENT

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