Kyankwanzi wants presidential age limit lifted


president Museveni

The Kyankwanzi National Resistance Movement (NRM) district conference has passed a resolution calling for the amendment of the constitution by Parliament.

The Kyakwanzi district NRM chairperson Anne Maria Nankabirwa told the state-run New Vision that their goal is to ensure parliament lifts the Presidential age limit from the current 75 years to none.

Article 102 (b) of the constitution provides that a person is not qualified for election as president unless that person is not less than 35 years and not more than 75 years of age.

Nankabirwa said the NRM leaders in Kyankwanzi want the age limit requirement lifted, to allow capable leaders such as President Yoweri Museveni continue with leadership.

In February this year, in a BBC interview, Museveni rejected allegations of vote rigging, and accused Besigye of planning to incite violence.

Responding to criticism from European Union observers that the electoral commission “lacked independence and transparency”, Museveni told the BBC’s Zuhura Yunus that “those Europeans are not serious. Transparency is what we’ve been voting for,” he added.

The president also told the corporation that in Africa, leaders don’t believe in term limits.

While visiting Germany recently, Museveni has said his return to presidency at the close of his fifth term in 2021 will be up to Ugandans.

Spiegel asked Museveni: “If you want to run for election again, the constitution will need to be changed to extend the age limit for presidents to 75 years. Will that happen?”

Museveni replied: “The Ugandans shall decide.”

There have been speculations from critics who claim Museveni appointed “a non-performing” cabinet that will back his return in 2021.

“Museveni is going to run again in 2021. This new Cabinet is the latest step in the journey towards the next election,” said Fred Mukasa Mbidde, a member of the 3rd East African Legislative Assembly.

David Mushabe, an analyst and lawyer, predicted that Members of Parliament may once again pocket Shs5m bribe to lift presidential age limit as they did years ago.

“There is magic in the Shs5m. Before term limits were lifted, MPs were handed Shs5m. The same Shs5m has resurfaced,” Mushabe said.

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