Uganda's Museveni hails removal of presidential age limit

Lawrence Kim
January 2, 2018

Uganda's Yoweri Museveni has signed into law a bill removing presidential age limits, a spokesman said Tuesday, clearing the way for the 73-year-old's expected sixth run at the presidency in 2021.

On December 20, parliament finally passed the age limit bill in which a total of 317 MPs voted in favour of the motion to lift the age limit whereas 97 members were against.

Linda Nabusayi, the President's press secretary confirmed this with the reporter saying Museveni signed the bill into an Act of Parliament on December 27 before sending communication on December 29.

The legislators opposed to the amendment said it was tabled in bad faith as it sought to entrench Museveni's rule, which would have otherwise ended in 2021 as he would be 76 years and ineligible to stand for the presidency. "It's the decision of the party to front the elections", said Wanyama.

Museveni while delivering the New Year message hailed the 317 National Resistance Movement (NRM) for defying opposition to amend for a flexible constitution.

After three days of debate and objections by a section of Opposition, Independent and a few NRM MPs, Parliament approved what came to be known as the "Age Limit Bill" with the required two thirds majority.

To the religious leaders, the president accused them of being so full of arrogance by meddling into everything including politics, forcing Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga the Archbishop of Kampala to respond in his New Year 's Day homily that religious leaders have a right to comment on politics.

Before making abusive utterances against religious leaders and journalists, said Dr Kizito Lwanga, politicians should first read and understand the Constitution and appreciate that it is for all Ugandans.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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