MPs to lift ban to allow people aged over 75 years to contest for president
After only 11 months since last years general elections, the MPs in Uganda’s 9th parliament want to lift a ban on presidential age limits in order to allow people aged over 75 years to contest for president.
The debate follows an argument in parliament that NRM and president Museveni won last year’s elections overwhelmingly with 85% of the total votes cast (but with only 30% voter turn out).
As if this debate is not enough, there is a heated campaign in parliament about the age limit clause in the National constitution of Uganda.
The argument is that if someone like president Museveni is still alive and the people still like him, the country should not be denied the opportunity to benefit from his “visionary” leadership just because the person is above 75 years!
Some MPs argue that they want the clause deleted in order to allow people aged above 75 years to get an opportunity to rule Uganda. This campaign is being spearheaded by some NRM MPs from Buganda.
However few vocal opposition MPs in the house shout in disapproval, saying that the move will give Museveni a chance to rule Uganda for life.