The minister of ICT and Information has dismissed talk circulating and claiming that government and NRM officials meeting at Kyankwanzi national leadership institute plan to debate age limit removal.
At the start of July, the Kyankwanzi National Resistance Movement (NRM) district conference passed a resolution calling for the amendment of the constitution by Parliament.
The Kyakwanzi district NRM chairperson Anne Maria Nankabirwa said 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.
Tumwebaze dismisses talk
Hon. Frank Tumwebaze was Monday appearing on NBS TV morning breeze programme.
“Presidential age limit isn’t on Kyankwanzi retreat agenda,” he confirmed, saying the time for politicking ended.
“It is time for business. We want to have our priorities right and well conceptualized. That is the goal of this Cabinet.”
The retreat which kicked off yesterday is organised by the NRM Secretariat because “NRM won”.
“This is a Cabinet retreat. This time, even permanent secretaries, the technical heads, are also invited. Many people, including myself, are new in their respective dockets hence the Cabinet retreat,” Tumwebaze explained.
In February this year, in a BBC interview, Museveni said 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.