Opposition MPs Refuse to Attend Museveni Age Limit Meeting at State House
Ugandan opposition MPs on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee of Parliament have refused to meet three-decade president Yoweri Museveni over the controversial age limit bill.
The age limit bill seeks to delete the upper age limit clause in article 102b of the constitution.
The deletion will allow Museveni stand for president beyond the age of 75.
Museveni has ruled Uganda since 1986. He was born in 1944 and will be ineligible for reelection in 2021.
MPS REFUSE TO ATTEND MUSEVENI AGE LIMIT HOUSE MEETING
Museveni’s ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) MP Jacob Oboth Oboth (Budama West) chairs the committee.
Oboth Oboth attended the NRM caucus that backed age limit removal.
In fact all organs of NRM have endorsed age limit deletion.
But opposition MPs who have vowed not to meet Museveni include:
- Masaka Municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga
- Kiira Municipality’s Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda
- Busiro East’s Medard Segona
“We would like to make it clear that we take serious exception to the illusion that Parliament has money to dish out to MPs but there is no money to carryout public consultations on the sensitive bill,” MP Mpuuga told reporters at Parliament on Tuesday.
“We are here to advise the committee leadership to step on their brakes and whoever is rushing them to move a bit slow because they are about to hit a rock; they are sliding very fast behind the drain.”
Rebel NRM MPs also backed the opposition MPs: “There is already a draft Bill. All these maneuvers are just intended to hoodwink the public.”