Stop Presidential Age Limit Debate – Kadaga Directs MPs Top story

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In her communication during plenary, Kadaga said she doesnt know where the agitation and excitement on the proposed bill is coming from.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has barred legislators from discussing the proposed Constitutional (Amendment) Bill that seeks to remove the presidential age limit.

In her communication during plenary, Kadaga said she doesn't know where the agitation and excitement on the proposed bill is coming from. The media has been awash with stories and commentaries on the proposal by government to amend article 102(b) of the Constitution, which sets the presidential age limit at 75 years. 

During the plenary, Kadaga tasked the Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana to state government's position on the matter. In his response, Rukutana said he wasn't aware of the source of the debate on the proposed constitutional amendment bill.

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Following Rukutana's submission, Kadaga directed MPs against any other discussions on the matter.

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Talk of the constitutional amendment bill came after reports emerged showing that a section of National Resistance Movement - NRM party legislators have mooted a plan to amend the constitution to allow President Museveni to contest for the presidency in 2021 and that the constitutional amendment bill on the same has already been gazetted.

Under the current provision in Article 102(b) of the constitution, President Museveni would be above 75 years and therefore ineligible to contest for the seat. Born in 1944 and in power since 1986, Museveni will hit 75 in 2019, two years before the general election.


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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.