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Museveni: Anti-Age Limit Removal Red Ribbons Won’t Give Youths Jobs

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Uganda’s three-decade president Yoweri has castigated the opposition for occupying the youth with anti-age limit campaigns, instead of finding them jobs.

Museveni made the remarks while addressing over 200  Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) division councillors.

The KCCA councillors had completed a one-week training at the National Leadership Institute, Kyankwanzi.

Museveni took a swipe at members of the opposition who were rallying the youth to reject the proposed age limit amendment.


The age limit bill seeks to delete the upper age limit in article 102b of Uganda’s constitution that bars anyone over 75 years from standing for president.

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

He will be over the age of 75 in 2021 when Uganda next goes to the polls — and therefore ineligible for reelection.

But his ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) MPs such as Igara West’s Raphael Magyezi are determined to remove the age limit barrier.

Magyezi’s age limit bill seeks to remove this barrier to allow Museveni become Uganda’s life president.

Uganda deleted the term limit clause 12 years ago and elections remain largely disputed.

‘Togikwatako’ (hands off the age limit clause, a campaign to block the age limit removal plot has adopted red ribbons and clothing.

Museveni’s NRM ‘gikwateko’ (touch article 102b) campaigners have also adopted yellow, the party’s colour.


Museveni wondered what sector of the economy youths and politicians who donned red ribbons belonged to.

He described as betrayal leaders’ failure to find jobs for their people.

“Leaders are like doctors, if you find a sick person, you advise them. Encourage youth to find employment in these sectors because minus that, you will have betrayed your people,” said Museveni.

The president then wondered: “If a youth is wearing a red band, which sector is that?”


“I am saddened at how some of these leaders are using the naivety of these people to influence them,” added Museveni.

Museveni also told the councillors that power was not gotten easily, the way one catches flu. 

There had been reports that Museveni had bribed the councillors to support this controversial bill.

But the councillors have denied the claims, saying Museveni never gave them a Shs 50m bribe as alleged. 


Museveni also told the councillors that opposition politicians were also among those wasting government funds on irrelevant things.

Such unnecessary expenditure, according to Museveni, included trips abroad.

He added that the opposition were quiet when it came to forfeiting such money to create jobs.


“You opposition might find that you have unemployed youths in your areas but your leaders never talk about these funds, you never hear anybody talking about this.”



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