FDC holds Museveni farewell party in age limit protest

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A placard carried by opposition members in diaspora likening Museveni to Amin

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leaders in greater Masaka region on Friday held a farewell party for President Yoweri Museveni as his “last term” comes to a close.

Joseph Ssenzoga, the Greater Masaka region FDC General secretary, who was in charge of the party held at Hotel La Nova in Masaka Municipality, cautioned legislators against amending Article 102 of the constitution to scrap the 75 years presidential age limit.

The activists carried placards which denounced Museveni: “Your Time is up, beyond 75 you are expired, you go back to Rwakitura”.

“Since you are not a servant of Uganda, what are you still doing in State House? Go Home.”

The activists also authored letters to all members of parliament from the region asking them to pronounce themselves on reports that they plan to remove presidential age limit from the constitution.

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Robert Tumwesigye, a Member of the Democratic Party, told Uganda Radio Network [URN] that they have lined up 32 reasons why President Museveni should not rule beyond 202.

Copies of the write-up have been sent to Members of Parliament, religious leaders and opinions leaders.

Last week, court in Mbarara sent to prison three youth who buried President Yoweri Museveni alive in their protest of the presidential age limit bill.

20-year-old Abert Nangumya, a student at Bishop Stuart University, Rodgers Asiimwe 26, and Maxi Muhumuza 32, the spokesperson of the defunct Ankole Kingdom appeared before Mbarara Grade one Magistrate, Sanyu Mukasa for defamation on Wednesday.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges and were remanded to Kyamugorani prison until July 20, 2017 when they will return for the mention of their case.

Prosecution alleged while in Mbarara district the suspects led a procession with a coffin with an inscription “Rest in Peace Museveni,” together with his portrait and that of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister, Minister General Kahinda Otafiire and several Members of Parliament.

In the same week, the ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM] youth league leader, Robert Rutaro, was arrested and detained at Wandegeya police station while trying to hold a press conference to denounce the presidential age limit bill.

At the close of the week, unidentified people have pasted posters on several streets in Kampala denouncing the move to lift the presidential age limit from the Constitution.

The poster had a photograph of President Yoweri Museveni, clad in a deep blue suit with his trademark hat and yellow tie taking the presidential oath while holding a Bible in his raised right hand.

On the top of the poster were printed in red the words “Youth Against Dictatorship”. At the bottom of the poster are the words “Say Yes to Age Limit” in dripping red colour.

They were pasted in Kamwokya, Mulago, Wandegeya and the City Centre.

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