Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana, has denied knowledge of the presidential age limit bill or its discussion anywhere in legal circles after ministers and Members of Parliament started to receive death threats.
Rukutana who spoke on Tuesday shortly after the swearing in of Kyadondo East MP Bobi Wine, informed MPs that government hasn’t gazetted the presidential age bill.
“I want to be on record that there is no such constitutional amendment that has been sponsored either by government or individuals.”
“There is a hullabaloo in the press about constitution amendment on age limit, but there is no such amendment,” Rukutana told the house.
He said the only amendment that has been approved by cabinet is the Bill on compulsory acquisition of land for public use.
“There is no amendment Bill for the lifting of age limit, as yet,” he affirmed.
While presiding over plenary today, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said MPs are receiving threats regarding the Constitutional Amendment Bill but she is not aware of the bill.
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Nakaseke South MP, Paulsen Lutamaguzi, is one of those who have so far received death threats. Others are Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga and Kassanda North MP, Simeo Nsubuga.
While addressing press at Katonga Road in Kampala Tuesday, former presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, said the 1962 constitution had no chance because those who made it had no power and that is why it was overthrown by guns.
He observed that President Yoweri Museveni will continue to amend the constitution because he has power and because the institutions in Uganda now are for those in power.
“Last year Museveni committed treason. Overthrowing people’s decision by guns is what is called treason,” he pointed out, adding, “Museveni captured power through guns in 1986 and not by people’s consent. Last year, NRM captured power without people’s consent.”
According to Besigye, a constitutional amendment can’t be made by an illegitimate body, saying the NRM regime is illegitimate.
Besigye called upon Ugandans to all work for a transition in which a new constitutional order must be undertaken.
He said when former dictator Idi Amin was declared a life president, it wasn’t him who crowned himself; he organised Ugandans to crown him.
“It later on turned out that the people of Uganda never wanted Idi Amin to be president for life.”
Besigye says the idea of a referendum and election, which are in “the hands of a dictator”, is simply providing avenues for them to say people have spoken.