Members of the ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM] party marched over the weekend in a peaceful demonstration demanding the scrapping of the presidential age limit clause from the Ugandan constitution.
The members drawn from each of the eight districts in Lango sub region first gathered Uganda Technical College Lira before marching into Lira town.
Carrying placards inscribed on “Lango appeals to MPs to urgently remove presidential age limit”, the supporters marched through Soroti road, Obote Avenue, Kwania road and Olwol road.
They then marched to the office of Lira Resident District Commissioner, Robert Abak, who they gave a petition to be forwarded to Speaker Rebecca Kadaga on the same.
Milton Odongo, the former Kasese Resident District Commissioner who led the group, told Uganda Radio Network [URN] that Article 102 (b) of the constitution of Uganda is biased and discriminative.
He said in its current form, Article 102 (b) of the constitution is undemocratic and discriminative against experienced and senior citizens of county, adding that it will deprive people of Uganda of experienced and good leadership resources.
He wants the presidential age limit be lifted to give room to all Ugandans who aspire to become president to compete for the position without any limitations and prejudice.
“Once the age limit is removed, it will ultimately leave power with the people to determine leadership through regular, free and fair elections as opposed to the needless legal constraint on the will and mandate of the people,” Odongo is quoted as saying.
He described those opposed to the removal of the presidential age limit as cowards who are afraid of the popular will and sovereignty of the people.
Despite Odongo’s good intentions, some members of the Lango community say his group is only a splinter portion and doesn’t represent the views of the Langi as a people.