Museveni set for first age limit consultation meeting

Museveni set for first age limit consultation meeting
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President Yoweri Museveni is expected to attend a consultative meeting on the presidential age limit in Kabarole district on Thursday.

Museveni will address a rally at Karambi Play Ground in Karambi Sub County.

This will be the first time Museveni is attending a consultative meeting on the controversial Constitutional (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2017 that has divided Ugandans.

John Kusemererwa, the Kabarole District NRM party Chairperson, confirmed Museveni’s visit, saying that he was invited by Margaret Muhanga, the Burahya County Member of Parliament and a strong supporter of the proposed amendment.

Kusemererwa says that the President’s presence at the meeting will also be a big boost to the party in Kabarole, which is divided over the bill. He explains that rally is not only open to residents of Burahya constituency but people of Fort-Portal Municipality as well.

Tooro Elders asked government to drop the proposal. The elders argue that there are more pressing issues in the country to address and not those being fronted by selfish individuals.

Currently, the age cap bars Museveni from standing in Uganda’s next elections, scheduled for 2021. But last month a ruling party lawmaker introduced a bill to scrap the rule.

An opinion survey of 1,200 Ugandans by pollster Afrobarometer a year ago found three quarters opposed the bill. Some legislators trying to promote it were met with jeers or violence in their home constituencies, media reported. Protests have been crushed by riot police, killing two. Opposition lawmakers tried to filibuster the bill in September, but said they were forcibly ejected from parliament by the Special Forces Command (SFC), a loyalist military unit.

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