Katuntu ignores Kiiza, backs Oulanyah on age limit bill

MP Abdu Katuntu

Unlike his boss, the leader of Opposition who bitterly opposed the tabling of a private members bill on age limit, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)’s Abdu Kantuntu has applauded deputy speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanyah for tabling the bill.

The Bugweri county MP who now chairs the Parliamentary committee on Commissions, Statutory and State Enterprises (COSSASE), concurred with Oulanyah that stopping an MP to bring or table a bill on the floor of Parliament is not good practice and sets a bad precedent for other bills to be tabled in future.

Last week, the opposition members under their leader in Parliament, Winnie Kizza tried to block the motion for the private member’s bill moved by the Nakifuma MP Eng. Sekitoleko Kafeero as part of the new constitutional amendments.

According to the furious opposition, the Bill that seeks to increase age limit of judges and expand the tenure of the Electoral Commission is brought in bad faith to target the removal of presidential age limit.

They claimed that president Museveni was using MP Sekitoleko to forward his interests of lifting presidential age limit and subsequently stand for presidency in 2021.

However,  while appearing on Capital Gang in Saturday, government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo who also doubles as the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) deputy spokesperson said the president cannot use the MP to foreard his interests.

“Hon. Sekitoleko’s behind is too narrow for the president to hide under. Museveni cannot therefore use him in parliament,” he said.

Appearing on the same show, Katuntu said his colleagues in the opposition were wrong to try to block the bill.

“I did not agree with members from our side (opposition) who wanted the Bill not to be introduced. That would be the opposite of the reasons we are in Parliament,” Katuntu said.

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