Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga has come under severe attack for reportedly saying that President Yoweri Museveni should rule Uganda ‘pakalast’ [forever].
Opposition members are still spitting venom on social media, accusing Abiriga of allegedly leading a section of MPs to demand Shs350m loan bailout to scrap the presidential age limit.
Social media is awash with rumours that the First Lady, Janet Kataaha Museveni, has already rolled out between Shs350m to Shs400m to allegedly buy off MPs so they can scrap the presidential age limit.
US based Ugandan critic, Nathan Span, claims Janet met some MPs and gave them Shs4bn to popularise the age limit removal in the country.
Janet Museveni reportedly referred to her husband as Akaaku (an instrument used to feed and for protection) while meeting MPs; James Kakooza [Kabula county], Ashraf Olega [Yumbe central], Simeo Nsubuga [Current MP for Kassanda County South], Gordon Bafaki [Kazo county], Paul Amoru [Dokolo North], Hillary Lokwang [Ike county] and Abiriga [Arua Municipality].
In his reckless verbose, Abiriga confirmed the meeting of these MPs: “I held a meeting with NRM MPs on amendment of the constitution to remove the presidential age limit.”
He added: “Our NRM MPs confirmed their support for the bill on condition that the big man president Museveni meets four conditions.”
The conditions are; President Museveni will pay Shs350m to each MP, State House will bailout the MPs loans which they took from the former crane bank, the President will allow the inclusion of a close in this amendment to extend the MPs Parliamentary term to 7 years because voters have threatened not to vote the MPs who support this bill back to Parliament in the next elections.
Appearing on NBS “Frontline” programme Thursday night, former Ethics and Integrity minister, Miria Matembe, lost her temper at Abiriga and his ilk.
“How does Abiriga come out to say ‘paka last’?” she wondered.
“I pity him (Abiriga) and the people he leads,” Matembe who is opposed to constitutional amendment, lashed out.
Span, on the other hand, says after the overwhelming defeat of NRM candidate, Setinde Sebalu, in the just concluded by-elections in Kyadondo East, Janet Museveni came up with a plan to use the rural areas as where the age limit removal has the strongest support.
In order to convince the international community, the government must show that the majority of the population do support the amendment and a campaign to show support in the poor sections of the country is underway, Span claims.
“Janet Museveni is the most ardent supporter of the constitutional amendment believing that only her husband can rule Uganda.”
The critic adds: “The removal of age limit is a done deal and all this talk of opposing it by some members of parliament is just a formality to show the world that, there is some opposition to the constitutional amendment. The fifty year plan to rule Uganda is now a reality but what was in doubt was who was going to rule the most in the fifty year plan.”