Ugandans set to be shocked as Museveni inches closer to scrapping age limit barring him from vying again in 2021


A survey carried out throughout the country indicates that majority of Ugandans are not in favor of scrapping the presidential age limit.

A poll by Uganda Governance Monitoring Platform and the Citizen’s Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) reveals that 73% of Ugandans do not support presidential age limit amendment.

The largely unpopular bill seeks to have Article 102(b) of the Constitution scrapped, thereby dropping the 35-75 age limits for presidential aspirants.

The bill was moved in parliament by Museveni’s National Resistance Movement (NRM) party in a bid to pave way for the ageing president to vie again in 2021.

President Yoweri Museveni is 73 and would not qualify to run in 2021 if Article 102(b) stands. The president will be 77 years by 2021.

Chaos erupted in parliament when Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi first tabled the bill on the floor of the House in September.

Opposition MPs engaged their counterparts in NRM in a fist fight in a bid to stop Raphael Magyezi from tabling the controversial bill in parliament.

Lawmakers involved in a fight in parliament on September 26th 2017 ahead of proposed age limit amendment bill debate a move to change the constitution to extend the president’s rule. Photo/REUTERS

On December 12th there were a presence of heavy contingent of police around parliament building as the controversial bill was set for a second reading on the house.

Police and military deployment was meant to counter the anticipated protests by opposition activists against the proposed presidential age limit debate in parliament.

NRM also blocked its members from leaving the country and Kampala city until after the age limit bill is passed in parliament.

The order barring NRM MPs from traveling out of the country was reportedly issued by President Museveni during the NRM caucus meeting.

NRM caucus leadership denies giving any money to MPs to soften their stance against the bill even though some MPs have secretly confirmed they were bribed by the state.

Museveni is inching closer to having his way, surprisingly most MPs are in favor of the controversial bill even though most Ugandans oppose the scrapping of the president age limit.

NRM needs 2/3 majority (291 MPs) in parliament or about 66% of the 436 lawmakers to pass the controversial age limit amendment bill.

The ruling party has been bribing opposition MPs to vote in their favor and make sure parliament passes the controversial bill.




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