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Abim councillors endorse age limit removal

A village in Abim. Councillors support the age limit bill

Abim district council has assented to the removal of the presidential age limit cap from the constitution amid protests from sections of community members.

In a decision arrived at during the consultation meetings with the members of parliament from the district, majority of the councillors said they were comfortable with the proposed amendment of Article 102(b) of the constitution which bars anyone above 75 years or below 35 years from becoming president of Uganda. 

Out of eleven councillors in the district,  only Abraham Kitacho, the Abim town council councillor and the district speaker, Godfrey Omara, rejected the proposed amendment. The position of the district chairperson Jimmy Ochero is, however, yet to be revealed since he has reportedly been out of the country since the consultations commenced.

According to reports in the district,  the position of the councillors has triggered mixed reactions with sections of youths threatening to beat up some of them. The youth claim the decision was arrived at after the councillors received bribes. 

Akeno Akendo, one of the youth in the district blames the MPs for campaigning and coercing people to assent to the amendment.

"Today our two MPs were at a consultative meeting in Nyakwae for the controversial age limit bill. It was rather a campaign not consultation since the MPs talked about the achievements of the NRM government other than telling the truth to the community," Akeno wrote on his Facebook page.

But Michael Ayepa, the Labwor county MP says the consultations were done according to the guidelines given in parliament. He notes that the councillors and other people are willing in support of the amendment.

Simon Peter Olum, a member of the opposition in the district, urged MPs to be objective while consulting with the electorate. He notes that consultations are different from campaigns, appealing to MPs to stop what he described as lies to popularise the bill.

Several MPs in Karamoja sub-region have finally started the consultations in the villages, leaving most of urban areas for later dates.

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+10 #1 saeguya 2017-11-03 16:46
Is this supposed to be a joke?

These people that were once called non Ugandans, still living in mud huts are the ones endorsing the tormentor?

Uganda has some of the weaker brains around the world.
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+4 #2 Wooden K. 2017-11-03 17:07
Hello Abim people !

if I lived in such nice houses , with exortic grass and cow-dung walls , I would also vote for Musanvu life presidency.

We have a guy simply knows as Bobi Wine. That is unfortunate to sleep in an eight-bedroom mansion .

I am sure his one months salary is enough to build all those nice houses of yours.

Isn`t funny that he is the one shouting "PE IGUDI "!

Stupid !!!!!
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+2 #3 Akot 2017-11-03 19:18
["It was rather a campaign not consultation since the MPs talked about the achievements of the NRM government other than telling the truth to the community," Akeno wrote on his Facebook page.]

So, those living in villages like this don't know the paradise museveni lives in?

The development above (good houses-running water-schools- public transport-good roads...will go on with museveni/NRM for another 30 years, right?

Congratulations Abim, in the last 31 years, Abim has really developed into modern city under museveni & in another 30 years, it will be better than London-Paris-Washington...!
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+2 #4 Akot 2017-11-03 19:23
saeguya, agreed & thanks!

Museveni must really be happy with Ugandans!

What if some one sets fire in that wonderful modern city?
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0 #5 Akot 2017-11-03 19:45
[only Abraham Kitacho, the Abim town council councillor and the district speaker, Godfrey Omara, rejected the proposed amendmen]

It's time those who are FOR Uganda stand up & form a strong opposition with the needed leadership, so that museveni is thrown out head long, before he throws Ugandans out!

Right from villages-schools-work place-farms...Ugandans Must come out to block museveni before he blocks Ugandans & take their land from them!

Ugandans must stop playing with museveni, he came to have his own country & is on the point of doing so!

Ugandans must by now know they are alone & once musevnei gets ownership of the country, even UN will just go alqong with the demon!
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+2 #6 rubangakene 2017-11-03 23:19
What do you expect! These Karimojong people have been manipulated even before Independence.

I remember during the 1960s' campaigns, both UPC and DP treated them like children; with the UPC citing that the DP flag (green and white) meant DP would wipe out their green pasture until the land turned white (read barren).

The DP retorted that the (red) in the UPC flag meant their cattle would be slaughtered and the blood would flow like in the red flag. This was the politics then and now history is repeating itself.
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-4 #7 Rwot 2017-11-04 02:39
saeguya you are the one with a weaker brain.

Human beings will never think the same or agree on everything together. Therefore, stop insulting those who don't do what you think.

Remember sleeping in a mud grass mud thatched house is not backwardness as you think.
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+3 #8 saeguya 2017-11-04 13:47
Rwot, you must be a benefactor. Probably some dpc somewhere enjoying the spills of war.

You can't tell me that you want business as usual unless you are the unusual one.
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