Museveni: Opposition Desperate for Power but Have Nothing to Offer
Uganda’s three-decade president Yoweri Museveni has again castigated the opposition for being hostile against supporters of age limit removal.
Museveni told a group of MPs from Parliament’s legal affairs committee at State House Tuesday evening that the opposition were intolerant.
Opposition MPs on the committee refused to meet Museveni at State House.
ABOUT MUSEVENI AGE LIMIT
The age limit bill seeks to delete article 102b of Uganda’s constitution to allow Museveni contest for president beyond the age of 75.
The age limit clause stands between Museveni and his bid to extend his bid beyond 2021 when Uganda next goes to the polls.
Museveni was born in 1944 and has been in power since 1986.
MUSEVENI: OPPOSITION DESPERATE
Museveni said the opposition politicians were intolerant due to ideological bankruptcy.
“The intolerance is because the opposition are ideologically bankrupt and have nothing to offer,” said Museveni.
He also said his ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party had closed the gaps the opposition were exploiting by improving the economy.
“They are desperate because the Movement has revamped the economy and generated revenue and we are able to deliver to the population,” Museveni said.
He also said the desperate opposition now wanted him and his ruling NRM party off the ballot paper in the next elections.
“They now think that the only way to get rid of the Movement is to do away with particular players,” the president said.
MORE FROM THE MEETING
Museveni also defended the proposal to increase his current term period from five to seven years.
He also said incumbency was a disadvantage, as opposed to the view that it gave him an edge over the opposition during elections.