Yoweri Museveni has been president of Uganda for 20 years, but as of 2006 that will end because term limits have been introduced. If the
Museveni-supporter dominated parliament has its way though it wont be a problem. They are currently debating an "omnibus bill" for constitutional
amendment covering everything from a national language, to multi-party politics, to term limits. When the proposed amendment goes to referendum,
Ugandans will have to vote yes or no on all of the issues as one, with no line-item provisions.
Currently, the Ugandan parliament is debating a constitution amendment bill which contains numerous proposals - from Swahili being declared the
second official language to the issue of dual nationality.
There are also hotter topics - like the two-term limit on the presidency and whether a return to multi-party politics is a good idea.
Then, in a referendum to be held on 30 June this year, Ugandans will be asked whether or not to approve the whole bill which comes from parliament.
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Vote yes and you can have all the trimmings of a democracy in a government dominated by one powerful man. Vote no and there wont be a multi-party
race to replace that man. The tell-tale clue to what is happening though is that Museveni refuses to even talk about the issue. He's letting his
cohorts and his money push it through parliament and into a forced-choice referendum so that he can tell the international community it wasn't his
idea. The really sad part is that any outside governments which feel Museveni is good for them will actually acknowledge this and stand by for it.