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NRM beefs up numbers on ‘age limit committee’

Following demands by Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi for the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee to be reconstituted, the government chief whip has added six new ruling party members – probably to ensure that if it comes to a vote on the ‘age limit bill’ the ‘ayes’ will have it.

Until early this week, the committee comprised 23 members, 13 of them ruling party MPs but whose support is either doubted or are openly opposed to Magyezi’s Constitution Amendment Bill (No 2) 2017, which aims to scrap presidential age limits.

Ruth Nankabirwa’s announcement on Wednesday comes as a relief to Magyezi and most likely allays any fears that his bill would be frustrated at the committee stage.

Legal and Parliamentary committee in session

The bill tabled on September 28 has since attracted controversy, with the masses across the country accusing the NRM of hatching a life presidency for their party chairman, Gen Yoweri Museveni.

Although she did not give reasons, Nankabirwa designated almost all the new MPs from four new districts and who recently won by-elections with the active participation of the president in their respective campaigns to the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee.

They include Brenda Suubi Asinde (Iganga Woman MP), Robert Kasule Ssebunya (Nansana Municipality), Rose Lilly Akello (Kaabong Woman MP), Prossy Akampurira Mbabazi (Rubanda Woman MP), Taban Amin (Kibanda North) and Caroline Kamusiime (Rukiga Woman MP).

Magyezi had earlier complained that several members of that committee, mostly from the opposition, had openly expressed bias towards his bill, which seeks to amend Article 102(b) of the Constitution to remove the 35-75 age cap for presidential candidates.

As it stands, the article would disqualify Museveni, 73, from running for re-election and extending his 31-year rule in 2021 as he will be older than the upper limit of 75 years.

Magyezi said opposition MPs and some NRM members on that committee needed to be replaced with neutral ones. The six legislators added to the committee, which is chaired by the ruling party, now brings the total number of MPs on the legal committee to 29. Nankabirwa’s calculation, may be that the new faces would be easier to be whipped into line.

The NRM lays claim to 19 members; two are from the Forum for Democratic Change; two from the Democratic Party and six Independents.


+6 #1 Lakwena 2017-12-01 10:14
Since the proposed amend Article 102 (b) is a do or die for "Mr. M7's thing"; at the end of it all, Hon Raphael Magyezi will only live to regret his foolhardiness.

In other words, since greed makes even the most beautiful woman or handsome man ugly; Hon Magyezi bidding for an inherently greedy person like Mr. M7 is the most dishonorable and ugliest thing a person can do.
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+3 #2 sn 2017-12-01 11:29
Hopefully bringing in Taban Amin will come with his father's curse on life presidency. Amin installed himself president for life but could not see it through.

These manipulations can only extend the curse to those who have accepted to be compromised. The new districts and constituencies were created for that very purpose, to blindly vote the master to thank him for creating the positions.

So whatever they decide will never be in the interests of Uganda. That's why they will deserve the curse.
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+2 #3 sn 2017-12-01 11:36
Wait for the shock result of 6 against 23 (6 for and 23 against) because of solidarity among the old members who are not being trusted.
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+4 #4 lubabuka 2017-12-01 13:36
Ruth has done enough dirty work for the boss despite her own people rejecting the amendment.

Let her ask herself where her predecessors are then she will assess her dividends
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+2 #5 sn 2017-12-01 14:57
Quoting lubabuka:
Ruth has done enough dirty work for the boss despite her own people rejecting the amendment.

Let her ask herself where her predecessors are then she will assess her dividends

That is a problem when you lose your morals for cash. You get yourself imprisoned and loose self-conscious.

I doubt that she can any longer listen to voices of reason. Until she perishes with her evil master. Meanwhile the country is updating her personal cv.
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-1 #6 SSebunnya Fredrick 2017-12-01 17:18
With this kind of weak ,dis-organized,divided and ideologically disoriented opposition parties.NRM will take the day but its so absurd.
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