By Spy Uganda
Kampala: The Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) led by Archbishop of Kampala, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has asked the government to halt the 2021 presidential elections citing increase in Covid-19 cases that the country is currently registering with the staggering health sector, which may not manage to handle the overwhelming cases in the near future.
The association wants the elections be postponed for three years and constitution be amended to allow President Yoweri Museveni continue ruling uninterruptedly during the period of postponement.
According to Lwanga, Uganda is in a terrible situation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as politicians are not following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) something that has led to untraceable community transmission of the deadly virus.
“The constitution says if elections are postponed, the Speaker of Parliament takes over the government. Article 259 of the Constitution allows Parliament to amend laws. We are asking Parliament to sit down and amend the constitution to allow President Museveni to continue ruling and guiding the country during the period of three years postponement of elections,” Lwanga said.
In the same vein, 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 adding 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 said.
Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) is a faith-based organization that was established in 1963 to promote consensus among men, women, youth, and children in member churches to uphold Christian values and address issues of economic and social justice through representatives at various levels and it brings together leaders from the Orthodox believers, Church of Uganda, and the Catholic Church.