By Spy Uganda
Kampala: The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has tasked President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to oust his wife dubbed Education Minister and urgently appoint an active minister saying that Kataha Museveni is very busy to handle education matters.
This was during the party’s pressor asking the government, Covid 19 National Task Force, Ministry of education and to consider re-opening primary and secondary schools this year to enable students to sit for promotional exams.
”Museveni’s wife is busy and inaccessible to handle this crisis. If a ministerial appointment, is one of the marriage gifts, Mr Museveni can give his wife a less demanding ministry such as minister without portfolio,” added Nganda.
The party says schools can open as early as mid-October to complete this academic year’s syllabus and sit for promotional exams in mid-December and topics not handled during Covid 19 education transition period, be carried forward.
”The FDC disagrees with Museveni’s school opening date of January 2022. The education sector has been disoriented by the lockdowns which require a transitional period to streamline it,” says Party’s spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda.
”Promotional exams must therefore be done this year to avoid a possible stampede at the resumption of schools in January,” added Semujju.
On thereother hand, the party has condemned the ‘continued kidnapping of persons by the security agencies especially the Chieftaincy of the Military Intelligence (CMI) and Police counter terrorism squad.’
The latest victim is Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana who was kidnapped last week after he was released by the High Court. Four days later, his whereabouts at least according to his lawyers is unknown. ”This is barbaric and unacceptable,” said Nganda before adding,
”Today, we read in the newspapers that the manager of Kasamba buses Mr. Swaleh Tinka who has been missing for 14 days has finally been found in Mbuya at the Chieftaincy of Military Police. For 14 days, he has not been taken to court in total violation of the Constitution.”
”We also read about the arrest of Ms Janwe Ngabire of Rwandan origin picked again by CMI from Munyonyo and her family cannot locate her. She was even made to abandon her three-year child in the house,” added the party.
The party further notes that it is not against arresting any person but the due processes of the law must be respected. The party demands that persons arrested must be produced in courts of law within 48 hours and they must be accessible by their next of kin and lawyers and also civilians must not be detained in military dungeons.
”And persons released by courts of law like in the case of Hon. Allan Ssewanyana, must not be kidnapped. This undermines the Judiciary and Rule of Law in the country. There must be a difference between bijambiya men in Masaka and security agencies of the state. Isn’t that what Museveni promised recently? Maybe because of his age, he has already forgotten,” said Nganda.
According to Nganda, the kidnapping of Hon.Ssewanyana is in line with Museveni’s aspirations of denying suspects bail which he has canvased on for a very long time. ”Let Museveni be bold enough and change the Constitution to remove granting of bail or let him overthrow the Courts of Law and replace them with Court Martial a system in which he acts as a Chief Justice,” said Nganda.