Oulanyah accepts bill to scrap presidential age limit


Nakifuma legislator Hon. Kafeero Ssekitoleko submitted the constitutional amendment act 2016 to parliament on Thursday 25th August.

Amidst objections from some Members of the house, the motion was allowed to be moved.
Ssekitoleko was slated on Wednesday evening to present his motion, seeking to take leave to draft the Constitution Amendment Bill, 2016, which seeks to introduce an open term for commissioners under the Electoral Commission and raise the retirement age for judicial officers, among others.

However, several MPs, including Nandala Mafabi and Matthias Mpuuga, put up a spirited fight to block Kafeero, whom they accused of having sinister motives to present amendments, which were rejected last year.

Mafabi also cited an incident last year when MPs blocked then-Buikwe South MP, Lulume Bayiga from tabling the Presidential Transition Bill, providing for the orderly transfer of power upon expiry of a President’s term in office and inauguration of a new president.

Deputy Speaker Rt.Hon. Jacob Oulanyah yesterday asked members why they were debating merits and demerits of a motion before it is presented.

In support of the controversial motion, Hon. James Kakooza representing Kabula County said that Hon. Kafeero should not be denied a platform to move the motion.

“As much as we have suspicion, we shouldn’t deny a member from moving the motion,” said Hon. Kakooza.

However, the motion was moved, Deputy Speaker Oulanyah asked the House that allow presentation be done so that the debate can take place next week.

Plenary was then adjourned till Tuesday 30th August 2016 at 2pm.
The controversial constitutional amendment seeks to lift age limit of Judges, justices and other related civil servants which some legislators are worried that its intended to scrap off the presidential age limit.

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