It’s lawful to resist coup plotters – let’s do it

By Elijah M. Tumwebaze

28th January 2013: In a powerful opinion article that was published in The Daily Monitor newspaper sometime back, retired Supreme Court Judge, His Lordship Prof George Kanyeihamba famously said that “…if the old Museveni met the new Museveni, they would fight”.

Life – very funny, isn’t it?  You needed to have been someone who smokes some mature and highly potent contraband stuff like marijuana to have imagined 27 years ago that we would be hearing what we are hearing today from President Museveni.

Just for the record, Museveni is reported to have said that the army to could easily take over power if the impasse between the Executive and Legislature persists!

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is no ordinary man.  He put his life on the line in order to fight and remove what he called Milton Obote’s and Gen. Tito Okello Lutwa’s “primitive and murderous regimes”.

By threatening to overthrow his own government, has Museveni now concluded that his government is as “primitive and murderous” as the ones he overthrew?  Or is it parliament that has suddenly become “primitive and murderous” to warrant a military takeover?

By denying legally registered opposition parties and civil society organisations the right to engage in peaceful and civil protests, and by publicly admitting that his government kills its opponents, hasn’t Museveni’s government now become “primitive and murderous”?

The bottom line is that Museveni has become too powerful and arrogant.  In his mind, he can do whatever he chooses, and whenever he chooses.  That is what impunity is all about.  Museveni’s talk of overthrowing his own government is quite simply diversionary nonsense.

I suspect that what he really means is that if parliament doesn’t stop giving him headache, then he will hand over power to his son “Brigadier” Muhoozi Keinerugaba – who in my view, is the de facto Army Commander!

How can Ugandans continue eating pork and drinking beer when their country is being reduced to a family inheritance through a “stage-managed palace coup”?   A military takeover is without doubt illegal.  It is high treason under article 3 of our constitution.  But here is the beautiful thing about the same article 3 of our constitution.

It does not only give “every Ugandan” the right to “defend the constitution”, but crucially, it places “a duty” upon “every Ugandan to resist any person or group of persons seeking to overthrow the established constitutional order.”

It is therefore lawful to use “all means” possible to resist the alleged coup plotters that Museveni, Kiyonga, and Aronda are talking about – let’s do it.  END: Login to every Monday to read our top stories mid-week for our updates

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