Museveni’s remarks on serving Ugandans violates constitution, says Mao

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By Paul Tajuba

President Museveni has come under fire for saying he is not anyone’s servant despite holding the office of the President of Uganda.
Democratic Party (DP) president and lawyer, Norbert Mao said last evening that as long as Mr Museveni is still president, he will continue being a servant of Ugandans.
“What Museveni said could only have been said by someone who is drunk, in this case, drunk of power,” Mr Mao said while appearing on NBS, a local television.
“Mr President, you are our servant. As long as you take that oath, you have made a constitutional relationship,’’ he added.
Before assuming the duties of the office of President, the Constitution dictates that “a person elected President shall take and subscribe the oath of allegiance and the presidential oath specified in the Fourth Schedule to this Constitution”
Oath of Allegiance reads: “I……[name of elected president]..swear in the name of the Almighty God/solemnly affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Republic of Uganda and that I will preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. [So help me God.]”
Speaking at celebration to mark his 31 years in power, Mr Museveni said he was not anyone’s servant but a freedom fighter fighting for his beliefs.
Speaking on the same tv programme, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party president Mugisha Muntu said Mr Museveni suffers from disease of ‘self-entitlement’ common with those who went to the bush to overthrow the past government.
“When you capture power through arms, it develops a sense of entitlement and that’s what Museveni and his group are suffering from,” Muntu said.
However, Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Kahinda Otafiire contended that it was okay for the president to make such remarks.
“All of us in this country are fighting for our own beliefs. That is why we have different political parties,” Gen Otafiire said.

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