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Age Limit Debate Returns to Parliament

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Uganda’s Parliament will resume debate on the controversial age limit removal bill Tuesday.

MPs have spent over a month consulting their constituents over the age limit removal bill.

Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi is the mover of the bill.

Raphael Magyezi, the mover of the Age Limit Removal Bill
Raphael Magyezi, the mover of the Age Limit Removal Bill

ABOUT AGE LIMIT BILL

As it is notoriously referred to, the age limit removal bill seeks to delete the upper age limit in article 102b of the constitution.

The article bars anyone over 75 years and under 35 to stand for president.

Pundits says the bill is meant to help three-decade president Yoweri Museveni rule for life.

Museveni was born in 1986 and has been in power since 1986.

He will be over 75 years when Uganda next returns to the polls in 2021 and therefore ineligible to stand for reelection.

PARLIAMENT RESUMES TO DISCUSS AGE LIMIT

MPs will return with the views from their constituents.

In some constituencies, MPs have faced hostility from constituents who want the age limit maintained.

In yet others, heavy security presence and alleged manipulation with money have been reported.

In yet some, age limit removal has been overwhelmingly supported as it has been in others.

This pottage of views is what will fill the debate.

AGE LIMIT TIMELINE

September 26, 2017: Opposition MPs sang down age limit bill; chaos in Parliament

September 27, 2017: Opposition MPs who sang down Magyezi’s bill suspended

October 03, 2017: Consultations began

 

Bill referred to the committee of Legal Affairs. The committee has received views from various people.

 

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