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How MPs plan to remove age limit at Kyankwanzi

The NRM MPs retreat at the National Leadership Institute Kyankwanzi next month is expected to discuss and endorse a proposal to remove the 75-year-age limit that stands in the way of President Museveni and re-election in 2021, The Observer has learnt.

Well-placed sources say a plan to remove the age obstacle from the Constitution has been in the works since the collapse of Nakifuma MP Robert Kafeero Ssekitooleko’s attempt to table a private member’s bill in September last year.

Officially, the bill aimed to raise the retirement age of judges and give electoral commissioners an extended tenure, but unofficially it was believed to be a ruse for the introduction of an amendment to abolish Article 102(b) that makes it unconstitutional for President Museveni to seek re-election in 2021 given that he will have turned 75 years old.

President Museveni addressing NRM MPs last year at Kyankwanzi

The Nakifuma MP’s move collapsed on September 13, 2016 after Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga directed that the motion be shelved until government tables an omnibus bill with all constitutional amendments therein.

Ssekitooleko is now part of a group of MPs reported to be working with a retired army officer serving in cabinet on a motion expected to be tabled during the 10-day NRM caucus retreat at NALI, Kyankwanzi.

The MPs involved are said to include John Bosco Lubyaayi (Mawokota South), Simeo Nsubuga (Kassanda North), former FDC treasurer Anita Among (Bukedea Woman), Arinaitwe Rwakajara (Workers), Peter Ogwang (Usuk) and Jacob Oboth-Oboth (West Budama South).

It is understood that this working committee has met several times at Kati Kati restaurant, Serena Kampala hotel and at the said minister’s office. During some of these meetings, selected NRM MPs and some NRM-leaning independents were invited and mobilised to support the move.

According to our source, the architects plan to handle the project the way minister of state for Investment Evelyn Anite approached the sole candidacy resolution in February 2014 to shield President Museveni from internal electoral competition.

Asked to confirm his role in the effort, Nsubuga said he was not party to such a move.

“Let’s wait for Kyankwanzi but I know nothing... I am just a committed cadre of the party ready for any assignment from the party leadership, but as far as that [proposed motion] is concerned, I don’t know anything,” Nsubuga said.

Meanwhile, another group of MPs has launched an open campaign against the removal of the presidential age-limit clause from the Constitution. Among them is Kisoro municipality MP Sam Byibesho, who told The Observer on Thursday that any attempts to change the Constitution must involve all Ugandans.

“We suspect that they are bringing it [for discussion] at Kyankwanzi but we are saying, this is a matter that must be discussed freely and openly,” Byibesho said.

“I believe that there are some articles in the Constitution which must be changed, and they may use that chance to change even this one on the age limit. It must go to a referendum [instead of using the caucus], all stakeholders must be involved,” Byibesho added.

NRM MPs at Kyankwanzi

Interviewed on Wednesday, government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa said no MP has approached her about a motion to amend the age-limit clause.

“I am in charge of the retreat’s programme and no one has approached me over the things you are talking about,” she said.
“I can tell you it is a fixed 10-day programme with presentations from people we have invited from outside Uganda. Will it [age-limit removal] be discussed over lunch or at the campfire?” Nankabirwa wondered.

The chief whip declined to discuss details of the retreat’s programme but said one of the facilitators is from Ethiopia.

The retreat, which had originally been scheduled for March 12 to 18, was called off after Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga declined to send MPs on recess until the budget process has been completed.

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0 #1 Lakwena 2017-03-17 10:29
These MPs should give Ugandans a break.

M7 is not a god, and in the real world people grow old, get debilitated and die.

If they were men and women of balls and boobs enough, the moment M7 said on 26th January 2017; that he is not Ugandans servants or employee, the NRM historical and MPs would have ruled him out of order and demanded for an apology and/or his resignation.

But being the spineless, hopeless and sit sycophants that many have become; they applauded the man, clapped and cheered like drunkards.

In other words, except hell: complacency, propaganda, dishonesty and the excessive acquisitiveness of politicians, at the expense of the rest of the population, will take this country nowhere.
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+3 #2 kabayekka 2017-03-17 11:27
African political Fanatics that replace a dictator with a tyrant.
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-1 #3 nkuutu kibedi 2017-03-17 17:12
The only people who can remove M7 is NRM.

Not everyone is happy with the state of affairs, and sooner than later one will come out and say: No!

Meanwhile, all the NRM MPs are just useless people..very interested in filling their stomachs than looking at the good of our nation.

Actually, as long as this 10th parliament is still sitting, nothing is going to be done. M7 is going to go on....for another term...unless we wake up and say:No.

The NRM caucus is already corrupted to the bone...compared to what will happen in NALI this time round, Anite's was just a picnic in 2016..
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-1 #4 Akot 2017-03-19 19:00
Will Ugandans vote MPs again & sent them to parliament?

MPs work for Museveni & not for the people who voted them in parliament, right?

MPs are ensuring Museveni just goes on, right?

So Museveni can just appoint MPs or just upgrade tribal leaders to position of MPs!

This will leave voters some decency because they elect people who don't work for them, but for Museveni who does not need any one who is not with him doing what he, the owner of Uganda wants!
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0 #5 Akot 2017-03-19 19:21
Lakwena, thanks, but,

Museveni has Ugandans just where he wants & unless we say NO in Unison, he will continue!

I do not understand why Acholi can stand this & join this evil going on when all they have to do, given Ugandans don't want to Unite against the demon, is just Break Away & be Free!

I already asked: Does Buganda need Museveni & for what?

I ask the same for Acholi!

Without Unity I don't understand why Acholi are not FREE to start living again on Independent Tribal State, while waiting for those who brough Museveni in to make up their minds!

Because if Acholi come out to take leadership in throwing Museveni out or say anything against Museveni, ALL the others will Reunite against Acholi!

Tribes that brought in Museveni still need time, so Acholi MUST stop joining Museveni & pretending they don't see the volcano heating up!
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-1 #6 Akot 2017-03-19 19:37
The only people who can remove Museveni & the entire diabolic system are UGANDANS who brought them in power!

Would Acholi have stood down if all the other tribes that came out on streets singing praise to Museveni didn't do so?

Have we forgotten how Acholi soldiers lowered their guns & walked backwards from advancing crowds insulting them telling them to get out of Kampala...?

Museveni's boys diden't have to fire guns except to celebrate because Acholi undersood & left Ugandans in peace with Museveni, right?

Why can't the same tribes that United in 1986 to bring in Museveni Reunite now against him, more so, there won't be any one singing praise to them this time & Acholi are no longer on scene?

NRM did not bring Museveni in & only those who brought them in have the power to show them way out!
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