NRM sued as youth print ‘Museveni retire’ t-shirts

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The new t-shirts

Opposition youth have started printing and donning T-shirts inscribed with words President Yoweri Museveni said before the 2006 general elections.

According to the words on the new t-shirts, President Yoweri Museveni told the state-run New Vision that he would retire from politics in 2006.

The president instead had the constitution changed in 2005 to remove term limits giving him a chance to start a life presidency campaign.

The t-shirts now being donned by youth are meant to remind Museveni to keep his promise and peacefully retire as Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi recently suggested, so the young people can take up power.

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In a hilarious countermove, the ruling party youth also shared a Daily Monitor newspaper in which opposition strongman, Kizza Besigye, reportedly promised not to stand in 2006 general elections.

Besigye, however, took part in the elections which he lost and went on to stand again in 2011 and 2016 respectively.

The old article was meant to set up a question: Who is telling the truth?

Criticism and crusades

Nathan Span, a US based Ugandan social media critic, suggested that looking at age amendments in a different perspectives could bring everyone to oppose it.

“If the age limit is removed from the constitution and suppose, if we have two greedy individuals for power and get into state house, they could possibly try to win elections as long as they can, and in almost 100 years we may possibly have two presidents,” Span wrote recently.

He observed that this was more than insane saying the new generation of children and grandchildren would be eliminated from being a president of this country moving it from a republic to a monarchy.

“Remember dictators never die young they stay around terrorizing their citizens. I don’t care how much you love someone, nobody is loved that much that we can become crazy to a point of making foolish decisions.”

He said the removal of age limit could be strong enough to call for armed struggle to return sanity to the country.

A new group of youth in diaspora universities operating under “Protest Article 102(b)” is reportedly hatching plans targeting whoever is agitating for the removal of age limit.

The attacks are mainly targeting senior journalist Andrew Mwenda, Privatisation and Investment minister, Evelyn Anite, Arua MP Col Ibrahim Abiriga, Kassanda South MP Simeo Nsubuga and Kabula county MP James Kakooza, among others.

NRM sued over posters

Meanwhile, as the youth don t-shirts in their new defiance campaign, the ruling NRM party will be battling a court case for failing to pay a company that printed over 16 million campaign flyers and posters for Museveni during last year’s election campaigns worth more than Shs580m.

The new t-shirts

Elite Graphics Printers Ltd directed its lawyers lawyers Ssesaazi and Co. Advocates to file a suit in the Commercial Court in Kampala on July 7.

Elite Graphics Printers contends that on November 9, 2015, it received an order from NRM to supply one million posters, each at Shs300.

The company further avers that on November 23, it received another order from NRM to supply three million posters at the same rate, translating into Shs900m.

It was also asked to print another 12 million flyers at Shs15, bringing the total amount to more than Shs1 billion. NRM only paid half of the money.

The company is seeking recovery of the outstanding balance, payment of general damages and costs of the suit.

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