Jacqueline has warned President Yoweri Museveni to keep his hands to himself and not let them wander in the direction of the Ugandan constitution.
“Haza mutagikwataho [don’t you dare touch it],” Jacqueline Susan Ruhindi Mbabazi cautioned the ruling government on Sunday.
She was attending a thanksgiving ceremony of Loy Kininga aka Maama Kyama at St. Andrews Church of Uganda in Kihihi Archdeaconry.
Kininga was a staunch supporter of Mbabazi and his Go Forward party during the 2016 general elections.
Mbabazi who made a rare appearance in the district had last visited Kanungu in May 2016.
Unlike her husband who has caught a “political sleeping bug”, Jacqueline assured parishioners that she, as a former leader, could not leave the event without saying anything.
“Thank you Loy for calling us to attend your event. You have brought us back to church and back to God,” she said. She thanked parishioners for looking after the church and contributing to the community.
“I will not leave without saying something,” she said and was met with cheers and ululations as the congregation braced for an impending denunciation of the controversial age limit bill which has made Ugandans speak in tongues.
She then called Kinkizi West MP Nigirimana James Kaberuka who replaced Mbabazi in parliament to come forward.
“Hon James Kaberuka, come here, come here. I want all of you to thank him. When my husband left parliament, I didn’t know who would replace him.”
She added: “I thank God for Kaberuka. We have cried with him, we have celebrated with him. He has been there for you too.”
Jacqueline then delved into the problems facing the communities. “You have been asking about roads. You have been asking where the jobs are for our children.”
The congregation kept repeating “yes” “mhn” as she listed the painful problems. “You have been decrying the increasing poverty in households. You have been asking ‘why we are hungry, why hunger is killing us’.”
“You have been asking why women and babies are dying in hospitals, why schools are declining in performance. What happened?”
Jacqueline, an educator, politician and businesswoman told the people of Kinkiizi that what she had listed were the main concerns, the real issues that their representatives in government should be discussing right now in parliament.
“This is not the time to change the constitution. These are the issues that we should be addressing,” she finally launched the attack on the age limit bill tabled by Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi to make Museveni a life president.
Jacqueline who served as the Chairperson of the Women’s League in the National Resistance Movement (NRM), the ruling political party in Uganda, said as a leader of women, she understands their problems.
“I know women have problems in their homes. But don’t accept that little money they come around giving you to support the age limit removal.”
“…hmmn, after giving you that pocket change, you go around singing “mugikwateho” [amend/touch the constitution]. “Hatagyira ayakwataka aha constitution” [no one should touch the constitution],” she emphasised.
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