Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa, says some section of Ugandans is exaggerating the Constitution Amendment Bill 2017 because they [ruling party] are only going to make “a few necessary amendments”.
“The age limit is not the only issue on our program, everything has its own time,” Nankabirwa said while appearing on NTV “Newsnight” Thursday.
“I think people lack what to do,” she pointed out, adding, “Who has told you that government is planning to amend that?”
Nankabirwa said they are planning to make a few amendments because there are some Ugandans who would want that amendment.
Host: We understand that debate on the ‘Age Limit’ has begun amongst parliamentarians, is it true?
Nankabirwa: Not true.
Her remarks came hours after drama broke out in parliament during the special session to pay tribute to former Kampala Mayor, John Ssebaana Kizito.
Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the Kiira Municipality MP presented a statement on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition, saying the late Ssebaana’s contribution was his insistence on transition and ensuring the constitution is not changed.
Ssebaana was part of the 1995 Constitution making process and believed in the age limit to deter the idea of president for life.
“It is not surprising that even on his death bed; he was still concerned about manoeuvres being done by some regime loyalists to change the Constitution so that President Yoweri Museveni can finally proclaim himself a life president,” Nganda pointed out.
Four years away from 2021 general elections, NRM MPs are already plotting to amend the constitutional and remove the presidential age limit.
This is President Museveni’s last constitutional term because he will be older than the presidential age limit of 75 years when the next presidential elections come around in 2021.
In a 2012 interview with NTV, President Museveni distanced himself from any intentions to remove the presidential age limits yet on 8th June, government notified in the Uganda Gazette, the official publication of the country, that it was bringing to the floor of parliament the Constitution Amendment Bill.
Four time presidential candidate Kizza Besigye has already warned that any move to amend the constitution will be met with resistance from the people.