Museveni age limit timing wrong, says NRM’s Tanga

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NRM EC boss Tanga Odoi

National Resistance Movement [NRM] electoral commission chairman, Tanga Odoi, says the discussion on scrapping the presidential age limit could have come up at the wrong time.

“I for one, I feel that even when we have to discuss the age limit, the timing is wrong,” Tanga said on Monday night while appearing on a local television, NBS TV.

“Let’s first see what comes,” Tanga noted, adding, “If there any changes to be made in constitution.”

He appealed to legislators and the public not see them as part of other changes and not targeting an individual.

“Let’s also not block change of the constitution when it’s wanted because you think it will only benefit an individual.”

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He added: “I think speculation is too much in this age limit debate, we should discourage it for now.”

Kilak North MP Hon. Anthony Akol, on the other hand, believes all this ‘age limit’ debate is based on one individual, President Museveni.

He says if the retirement age is 60 and the president is given 75, there is need to understand the concept behind it.

“Even as we talk about the current president and follow how government has been performing, you feel there is a problem. Age has an effect.”

The contentious bill has drawn criticism directed at NRM MPs especially Kabula county MP James Kakooza, Arua municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga and Kassanda South MP Simeo Nsubuga.

Arua residents on Monday told press that they love Hon. Abiriga and the love yellow he dresses in.

“It’s us who voted him (Abiriga); even though he is not that very much educated, he has that natural knowledge given by God,” a supporter said.

To the contrary, Kampala Central MP Muhammed Nsereko, demands the withdrawal of the constitutional amendment bill on compulsory land acquisition by government.

“I urge the government to withdraw this controversial constitutional amendment bill on land acquisition,” Nsereko said, adding, “We must make lawyers that protect the vulnerable, government is not vulnerable; it’s the individuals.”

Crispin Kaheru, the Coordinator of the Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda, in his observation warned against raising anxiety at such a critical moment that might not augur well with the population.

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