Museveni is behind age limit bill- Matembe

Miria Matembe speaks during the launch of the National Action for Awakening Uganda (NAAU) at Fair Way hotel on March 14, 2012. NAAU is a civil society organisation aimed at bringing about social, political and economic change in the country through advocacy. pix by Abou Kisige story by Conan Businge

Miria Matembe 

Former Ethics and Integrity minister Miria Matembe alleges that President Yoweri Museveni is the man behind the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2016 that is raising dust across the political divide.

The bill proposed by Nakifuma MP Kafeero Ssekitoleko seeks to scrap the presidential age limit and lift the age of judicial officers as well electoral commissioners to 75 years.

“The big man [Museveni] is the one behind this Bill,” Matembe disclosed on Thursday night while appearing on NBS TV’s political programme “NBSFrontline”.

She expressed shock that the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe hasn’t come out to say anything about the bill.

Matembe described NRM cadres as schemers noting that it was possible that deputy chief Justice Steven Kavuma was scheming to have the bill passed.

“His time is soon,” Matembe warned before turning attention to the president.

“Museveni betrayed me when he said term limit wasn’t an issue and when we reached Kyankwazi he brought it up”.

She added: “I have said and will repeat that the age limit debate is not Sekitoleko’s idea. Time will tell.”

When the show host Charles Odongtho said Ssekitoleko too fears for his life, Matembe retorted: “Spare me such none sense”.

She said they are entitled to see things and debate them basing on her personal history with Museveni.

“I walked a long journey with President Museveni until I realized I was walking with an impostor.”

She said once the NRM party has its own programme with “Kisanja Hakuna mchezo” it passes any way.

“I trusted the president at first and walked with him until I realised I was walking with an “imposter”,” she emphasised, saying President Museveni told people of Kawempe that they are not going to get services because they didn’t vote for him.

“Why do you think Beti Kamya has gone ‘wholesale’ to deny whatever she did in the past?”

Kamya, the president of an opposition Uganda Federal Alliance party is now the minister for Kampala who is ready to secure 80% win for Museveni in 2021 elections.

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