Age limit dividing Uganda, says Mao

DP president Norbert Mao (L) addresses press recently

Democratic Party President, Norbert Mao, has said the proposed scrapping of presidential age limit is dividing the country into two camps.

Mao who was appearing on NBS TV “Frontline” programme Thursday night lauded local government leaders for baptising and throwing Justice minister Kahinda Otafiire from their Namboole stadium meeting over age limit talk.

“Kahinda Otafiire was dispersed,” Mao mused, looking at the fidgeting minister who was present on the show.

“There is some deep seated anger deposited somewhere in people,” Mao stated, explaining that these are not nobodies but elected leaders.

“Otafiire is not elected — so it was an issue of legitimacy,” he pointed out, adding, “Age limit has polarised this country into two camps, just like any debate; there’s a camp of truth and that of convenience.”


Otafiire responded saying his constituency is in Rwakitura but when opposition strongman, Kizza Besigye, asked for his position, he failed to answer.

“He is a delegate. Many Ugandans right now are playing politics; this is not about calculating anything, it’s about applying rules we have made,” Mao said.

According to Mao, term limits are intended to help a nation identify, nurture and deploy capable leaders.”

He said DP’s ‘Kojikwatako’ [Hands off the constitution] campaign and other campaigns are intended to shake the fence.

“However much you disagree with somebody, going personal is not good. I accepted to be part of NBS FrontLine because I wanted Ugandans to be informed. There should be hygiene on this show.”

Mao and DP leaders were arrested for trying to hang a banner at City Square during their ‘Kojikwatako’ protest.

An example of such divisions have already been recorded in Lira district where women marched in support of Museveni life presidency only to be disowned by fellow NRM leaders as self-seekers.

Uganda Federal Alliance [UFA] has also since disowned its party president and Kampala minister, Beti Kamya, for her remarks supporting Museveni life presidency through the scrapping of the presidential age limit clause.



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