Religious leaders want elections extended for three years, change constitution to allow Museveni lead

President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni interacting with Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga during a meeting at State Lodge, Nakasero on Sunday, April 8, 2018.

The Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) an umbrella association of Christian leaders in Uganda has urged the government to postpone the forthcoming 2021 general election for three more years, due to the growing cases of COVID-19.

The Christian Council wants the elections to be held in 2023 when the COVID-19 pandemic is contained.

UJCC made these remarks this afternoon (Wednesday) through Roman Catholic Archbishop, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga during a press conference held in Kampala.

“Politicians are not following Standard Operating Procedures and this has increased the spread of COVID-19. We request the government to postpone the elections for three years,” Dr Lwanga said.

The Archbishop also noted that in case of a postponement, the constitution should be amended to allow incumbent President Yoweri Museveni to continue leading the country in the period of postponement.

The UJCC deputy executive secretary, Rev Fr Daniel Musiitwa, said that security forces are using COVID-19 as an excuse to brutalise Ugandans observing that the postponement will help to save the lives of Ugandans.

“We have seen security agencies brutalising Ugandans. Several deaths have also been registered from this high handedness,” Rev Fr Musiitwa said.

UJCC has leaders from the Orthodox believers, Church of Uganda, and the Catholic Church.

The umbrella association was formed in 1963 to reportedly promote peace in Uganda.

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