The National Resistant Movement-NRM party caucus has voted to support a motion seeking to introduce a bill to scrap the presidential age limit. The NRM caucus brings together members of parliament of the ruling party.
Only seven out of the 296 members who attended the caucus meeting held on Wednesday morning voted against the proposal while two abstained. As a result, Igara East Member of Parliament, Raphael Magyezi who is behind the motion is expected to seek leave of parliament on Thursday to prepare and table the motion.
The motion seeks to scrap article 102 (b) of the Ugandan constitution, which restricts the presidential age to between 35 and 75 years of age. During the caucus meeting, the Serere County MP, Patrick Okabe, proposed that government institutes a constitution review commission.
Only four members voted in favour of the proposal. The Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa has confirmed the development. Once scrapped, President Yoweri Museveni who has ruled Uganda from 1986 will be eligible to seek his fifth-five year term in office.
In 2013, the same parliament scrapped the two term presidential term limit to allow Museveni to continue ruling the country following the expiry of this two- five- year mandatory term. Opposition politicians have vowed to block the proposal to amend the constitution. However, the ruling is riding on its strength in parliament to push the proposal.