Ask God not to kill Museveni, MPs tell Kafeero

Robert Ssekitoleko Kafeero

Robert Ssekitoleko Kafeero

There was chaos in Parliament last week as Nakifuma MP Kafeero Ssekitoleko moved a motion to introduce a private members bill to amend the constitution.

The bill which will see the presidential age limit scrapped returns for debate today, Tuesday at 2pm in parliament presided over by Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah.

According to MP Kafeero, the experience of a judge of 65 is not gotten from a lecture room.

He says the retiring of judges at 65 is a danger to the independence of the judiciary and wants the age increased to 75 years atleast.

Mukono municipality MP Betty Nambooze says instead of scrapping the age limit mandated by the constitution, Kafeero should instead draft a document and send it to God requesting that President Yoweri Museveni lives forever.

Nambooze describes the Constitution Amendment Bill 2016 as dangerous and damaging to the country.

“Kafeero is being used and we won’t follow him in this. I won’t support him,” Nambooze said.

She added: “Maybe if he changes it and writes a document to heaven requesting God that Museveni shouldn’t die.”

When confronted last week, Kafeero threatened to exchange blows with FDC secretary general Nandala Mafabi if he dares block the bill.

In response, Mafabi suggested that if Kafeero is that broke, the MPs are ready to bail him out.

“If Sekitoleko wants money, we as MPs are willing to help, but we won’t allow him to destroy our country,” Mafabi pointed out.

Aruu county MP Odonga Otto also concurred that Hon Kafeero was being used in Parliament describing him as “a starter”.

“There are many lawyers who can work as Justices. We can’t leave power to people who are in ‘evenings of their life,” Otto said.

He added: “If Hon. Sekitoleko thinks judges’ age limit should be extended, then civil servants’ age limit should also be extended.”

Meanwhile, Principal Judge Yorokamu Bamwine backed the proposed constitutional amendment to raise the retirement age of judges.

In an interview with NTV, the head of the High Court said many judges retire when they are still energetic but added that there are also others who may not be able to continue working after hitting the retirement age.

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