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KCCA Councillors Speak out on ‘Shs 50M Museveni Age Limit Bribe’ Reports

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KCCA Councillors who met President Yoweri Museveni at Kyankwanzi have finally spoken out on reports he bribed them to support age limit removal.

Over 200  Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) division councillors completed a one-week training at the National Leadership Institute, Kyankwanzi.

There had reportedly been threats against the councillors going to Nali, Kyankwazi.

In recent times, Nali has become synonymous with ‘brainwashing of leaders’, according to political critics of Museveni.

For example, MPs have supported controversial ideas that favour Museveni after such meetings at Nali.

But Museveni, in his address, praised the councillors for defying a resolution by KCCA’s political wing not to set foot at Kyankwanzi.

KCCA lord mayor Erias Lukwago is a fierce critic of Museveni. Lukwago has recently accused the president of usurping his powers on city matters.

“It is good that you defied the resolution and broke yourselves away from those people who did not want to help you,” said Museveni.

Museveni also told the councillors that power is not easy to get, the way one catches flu.

KCCA, MUSEVENI AGE LIMIT BRIBE REPORTS

Ahead of the meeting, reports started emerging that Museveni, through Kampala minister Beti Kamya, planned to bribe the councillors to support the controversial age limit bill.

The age limit bill seeks to delete the upper age limit in article 102b of Uganda’s constitution to allow Museveni stand for reelection beyond the age of 75.

Museveni was born in 1944 and has been in power since 1986.

The age limit amendment bill remains largely unpopular. Those supporting age limit removal are often treated with hostility.

At the end of the training, Museveni addressed the councillors.

The president also heard from the councillors. The councillors raised issues to deal with taxis, taxes and development funds.

Kazinga Sekamatte, the chairperson of Urban councillors in the five divisions of Kampala, shot up and attacked the opposition for telling lies.

“The opposition had an intention of tainting our image claiming that you had given us Shs 50 million,” Sekamatte started.

“But I thank the councillors who have been brave enough to attend this despite the threats.”

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