MPs set to elect the president

The Transformer Cadre Association of the ruling NRM party supports an amendment that would allow parliament to elect the country’s president.

A group of ruling NRM party candidates who lost in the previous parliamentary elections have backed a proposal that would allow parliament to elect the country’s president.

The Transformer Cadres Association Uganda, whose president, Adupa Ongwech Felix, lost in the Kioga County MP election, informed journalists on Thursday at Kati Kati Lugogo that they have presented a number of recommendations for the NRM national chairman to consider.

“We have a proposal to amend electoral laws and other legislation to pave way for a hybrid parliamentary system where the head of government who also doubles as the head of state is elected by parliament and local government councils,” Adupa told journalists.

“We suggest that parliament create a Senate or Upper House.” Political parties with representation in parliament will nominate members of the Senate of the Upper House. The Senate will be represented based on the strength of the parties in the lower house. This is designed to improve the quality of debate in the area of legislation.”

The group told journalists that such a suggestion would help address concerns such as the government’s massive budgetary injections into elections every five years, as well as complaints about voter bribery and other electoral malpractices.
“We have a stake in the country as stakeholders.” The constitution gives us the right to have opinions and to express them.”

When asked who is behind the project, the group maintained that they are not representing anyone’s interests, but rather many other residents who share their viewpoints.
“It’s not business as usual anymore.” It is not just for our benefit, but also for the benefit of a large number of other Ugandans. Many more patriotic Ugandans who are capable of leading the country have been barred from doing so. “With this method, we’ll have the best person leading us,” Adupa explained.

“We are concerned with the way things are handled in this country. We want the country’s president to be chosen by parliament. We are not, as you claim, anyone’s project.”
Many have speculated that the change was made to favor President Yoweri Museveni, although when pressed, the NRM MP losers refuted this as untrue.
“Let us stop being so self-centered. For it to be discussed, President Museveni must not be behind everything. “No one is pressuring us,” he explained.

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