Kabale Leaders, Locals Speak Out on Presidential Age

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Christopher Mureeba, a lecturer at Bishop Barham University College, a constituent college of Uganda Christian University, advises that although amending the constitution is permissible, it should be backed by need and objective reason.

The proposed amendment of the constitution to lift the Presidential age limit has drawn mixed reactions from leaders and locals in Kabale district.

Article 102 of the 1995 constitution of Uganda caps the presidential age at 75 years. This implies that President Yoweri Museveni, who according to his official records, was born in 1944, will hit the limit before the next presidential election in 2021.

However, there are fears that the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party, is plotting to amend the constitution, through the recently gazetted Constitutional amendment bill, to stretch his stay in power.

But Christopher Mureeba, a lecturer at Bishop Barham University College, a constituent college of Uganda Christian University, advises that although amending the constitution is permissible, it should be backed by need and objective reason.
 
 
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However, Kabale district Youth Chairperson John Bosco Namara says that such an amendment would evoke agitation from other civil servants whose retirement is now fixed to 60 years.
 
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The former Kabale Municipality councilor Leopold Twesigye says the amendment takes away the security of Ugandans, whose hope and protection was vested in the 1995 constitution.

Kabale Municipality Member of Parliament Andrew Baryayanga Ajja says that the move to amend the constitution is fronted by self-seekers adding that over the years, President Museveni has inspired and groomed a number of people who can take up the presidential slot.
 
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Ndorwa East Member of Parliament, Wilfred Niwagaba says that the issue of governance requires terms and age for leaders and implores Ugandans to vote out all MPs, who will support the amendment of lifting the presidential age limit.
 
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However, Edison Turyahabwa, a voter from Kabale Municipality says that he fully supports the lifting the Presidential age limit because President Museveni still has capacity to rule Uganda adding that incase the article is not amended, the country may lose a  leader with vision.

Darius Nandiinda, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner says that although he has no problem with amending presidential age limit, the ongoing debate on the matter is diversionary.
 
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About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.