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Age limit: Uganda Ex-PM Wife Rejects Constitutional Amendment

Amama Mbabazi

By Guest Writer

Uganda, Kampala-Jacqueline Mbabazi, the former national Chairperson of the Women League of Uganda’s ruling National Resistance Movement party (NRM) has rallied Ugandans against the proposed scrapping of the presidential age limit.

Mbabazi, who is also wife to ex-prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, says there is need for Ugandans to resist attempts to make the incumbent, Yoweri Museveni president for life. According to Mbabazi, it isn’t time to tinker with the constitution since the country still has a lot of problems.

Recently, the Igara West Member of Parliament, Raphael Magyezi tabled a private member’s bill in parliament seeking to amend article 102 (b) of the Ugandan constitution, which caps the president’s age at 75 years.

The bill is currently before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee for scrutiny before it is returned to the house for the second reading.  The move is seen as an attempt to pave way for president, Museveni who is 73-year-old to seek re-election when his current term expires in 2021. Mbabazi, formerly vocal member of the ruling party, says Ugandan’s shouldn’t allow this to happen.

She rallied Ugandans at a thanksgiving ceremony organised by Loy Kiniga, a member of Go Forward member, a pressure group started by the ex-prime minister, to resist the proposed amendment.

During the same function held at St. Andrews C.O.U Kihiihi Archdeaconry in Kanungu district, the ex-Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi said he will never be diverted from the principles that led him and his comrades to the guerrilla war.

Mbabazi promised to give his views about the controversial age Limit Bill at an appropriate time. Mbabazi was dropped from cabinet when he was accused of plotting to stand against his boss.

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