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Ofwono Opondo: Age Limit Removal not a Done Deal, it’s Still Tough

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Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo has admitted that the age limit removal plot is tough.

Ofwono Opondo said it was wrong to think the age limit removal bid had been accomplished.

On Tuesday, three-decade president Yoweri Museveni met MPs on the legal affairs committee at State House Entebbe.

Opposition MPs on the committee boycotted the meeting.

Museveni gave his views on the controversial age limit bill.

He defended age limit removal during the over two-hour meeting

He also took a swipe at the opposition.

Museveni also said being an incumbent was a disadvantage.

He had earlier told the MPs that age limits were discriminatory and that the people should be left to decide.

The president also backed a proposal to increase his term of office from five to seven years. 

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.

In 1986, Museveni said Africa’s problem was leaders who overstayed in power.

But if the age limit is removed to allow him rule for life, Museveni will have contradicted himself the more.

OFWONO OPONDO: AGE LIMIT REMOVAL NOT DONE DEAL

After meeting Museveni, the last witness, the committee will present a report on the bill next week.

Consultations in constituencies ended weeks ago. The opposition claim Museveni and his ruling NRM party MPs manipulated the consultative process. 

On Thursday, Opondo agreed with Democratic Party (DP) president general that age limit removal was not a done deal.

Mao said there was a crisis in Uganda and NRM and that it age limit removal was not a done deal.

“There is a crisis in NRM. It’s the ruling party and it therefore affects the whole country,” Mao spoke during a late night talk show on NBS.

“Everybody is talking as if this is a done deal, that Museveni will get what he wants and we must quietly submit.”

Opondo agreed with Mao, adding that the scheme to remove the age limit was not easy.

“This is not a done deal and that is why we want a civil debate to conclude,’ said Opondo.

“It’s tough but we are going to win. NRM infrastructure is running a full course in the available democratic space.”

 

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