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Uganda voters threaten to lynch MPs over Constitution amendment

Ugandan Age Limit

Some of the Ugandan legislators who were in favor of scrapping the presidential age limit have started facing the wrath of voters.

At least three legislators have openly been humiliated and made to run for dear life by voters since parliament approved a motion by the Igara East member of Parliament(MP), Raphael Magyezi that seeks to scrap article 102 (b), which caps the president’s age at 75 years.

The move is seen as an attempt by MPs allied to the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party to make the incumbent, Yoweri Museveni, president for life.

On their side, Opposition MPs opposed to the proposal, a move that stirred chaos in the house in an attempt to block the motion, but they were evicted by plain clothed operatives from the Special Forces Command (SFC), which is in charge of the president’s security.

The decision of parliament has drawn angry protests from voters and civil society activists and some voters have decided to take matters in their hands.

On Friday last week, voters in Mityana district threw stones at their legislators prompting them to run for their life. The attacked MPs are Judith Nabakooba, the Mityana Woman MP and her Mityana North counterpart, Godfrey Kiwanda.

Angry voters started throwing stones at the legislators immediately they stepped foot in Kiyoganyi Township where they had gone to support some development projects. Godfrey Kiwanda who also doubles as the State Minister for Tourism was the first to arrive at the rally.

Nabakooba(left) greets President Yoweri Museveni before she retired from Uganda Police to join politics

The angry youths didn’t allow the Kiwanda to step out of his vehicle as they started pelting him with stones prompting him to drive off.

A few minutes later, Judith Nabakooba also drove to the venue and received the same reception. The angry youth said the two legislators were not welcome in their area for meddling with the constitution.

Nabakooba later told Central Broadcasting Services Radio that the youth had been paid to hound them.

“It is sad that our youths can accept to be used,” Nabakooba said.

She also claimed that the youth had been ferried from another area to disrupt their activity.

Also James Kakooza, the Kabula County MP in Lyantonde district also survived being lynched by mourners in Lwengo district for the proposed amendment.

It all started when Kakooza turned up at Nakawanga village in Kisekka Sub County in Lwengo district for the burial of 76-year- old Vincent Nsamba, the father of Masaka Municipality MP, Mathias Mpuuga.

Mourners jeered the legislator and asked him to leave immediately, saying he wasn’t welcome to the funeral, since he is one of the enemies of Uganda for supporting the scrapping of age limit.

Some of the mourners charged at the MP and threatened to lynch him unless he leaves the funeral.

As a result,  Mpuuga moved Kakooza closer to his seat and assured him of his safety as mourners continued pointing accusing fingers at him. Not even the intervention of Buganda’s Prime Minister, Charles Peter Mayiga would calm down the angry mourners. Kakooza’s was helped by Mayiga’s security to leave the funeral.



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