Article on the Ugandan Constitution

Author: Busingye Kabumba

Lecturer-in-Law, Human Rights and Peace Centre (HURIPEC), Faculty of Law, Makerere University; Consulting Partner with M/S Development Law Associates

About a year ago, on 27th September 2012, I wrote an article that suggested that the 1995 Ugandan Constitution was essentially an illusion. In that article, I pointed out that the far from being the supreme law in Uganda, the Constitution was in fact just one of many tools through which the National Resistance Movement (NRM) ‘consolidated and perpetuated’ its political power. In my view, the most important of these tools was in fact, the armed forces. In the last line of that article, I observed as follows: 

This is one of the great tragedies and challenges of ‘Uganda at Fifty’ and one that promises to engender more turbulent chapters in our political life.

Unfortunately, events since that time have only served to confirm rather than challenge this dim view of the state of constitutionalism in Uganda.