Uganda Police has dispersed anti presidential age removal protesters in the Northern Uganda town of Lira town. Dozens of protesters took to the streets in Lira town on Thursday morning donning black T-shirts with the inscription “New Uganda” to protest efforts by some legislators to delete article 102 (b) of the constitution.
This particular provision limits the president’s age to between 35 and 75 years. The protesters carried a coffin and blew whistles. They blocked the Obote Avenue and Oyam road junction near Lira Main Market, a few meters from a police post where they lit a huge fire.
They displayed several placards with various messages addressed to members of parliament and the public. “Hon. Felix Okot Ogong is our hero”, read one of the placards. “Removal of presidential age limit is the end of our country”, warned another. “Our country is not your bathroom,” declared another.
The protesters chanted slogans, saying “we want change” “we want change” drawing a huge crowd of people who joined the demonstration. The demo paralysed traffic for more than 30 minutes prompting anti-Riot Police personnel led by the Lira District Police Commander, Joel Tubanone to storm the area and disperse the protesters.
However, another group of protesters emerged from Juba road between Total Pump Fuel Station and Aduku road roundabout where they lit fire using old tyres before police rushed there and put it out. This evening, the Ugandan parliament is expected to discuss two motions in relations to the proposed scrapping of the presidential age limit.
On Tuesday, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah told the plenary that he had received notices of motions of from two legislators over the matter. He however, said he would meet the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga on Thursday morning to decide the way forward. He said the motions will only make it to the floor of parliament after the meeting.