Bushenyi leaders clash, split over age limit

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The meeting took place at the office of Igara West Member of Parliament Raphael Magyezi

The ruling party National Resistance Movement leaders in Igara West Bushenyi District are currently divided by a motion that supports the amendment of article 102 (b) which bars the party President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, from contesting beyond 2021.

The motion was moved by Njoki Jackson during a consultative conference that was called and held at the office of the Igara west Member of Parliament, Raphael Magyezi, this week.

Magyezi invited his constituents to consult them on four matters of the national interest that affects the constituency and the ongoing debates on the constitutional amendments.

Njoki said Article 102 (b) in its current form is undemocratic and discriminating against experienced and senior citizens of county.

This divided them as some said age limit should be lifted to pave way for their party chairman while others opposed the motion.

Other amendments that received stiff opposition is the land amendment bill whereby leaders said they cannot allow government to take over their land.

Magyezi later explained that he invited his constituents to consult them on four matters of national interest that affect the constituency which include; tourism, urban development, infrastructure, and the ongoing debates on the constitutional amendments.

Bushenyi leaders in an age limit crusade meeting

At the start of the week, hundreds of the ruling party supporters in Kabale district took to the streets to stage another demonstration to agitate for the removal of the presidential age limit.

Led by Edison Turyahabwa, the NRM publicity secretary for Kabale district and Sheikh Kassim Kamugisha the Kabale district NRM youth league chairperson, the demonstrators carried placards with some of them bearing words like; ‘Kick Age Limit out of the Constitution (KALOC)’.

Erisa Twinmomujuni, a 70-year-old Local Council (LC) one official for Keishamunyoro Cell in Kitumba sub-county, said that they were deceived by the NRM local leaders to converge in Kabale town for a discussion about development issues.

The demonstrators were later seen lining up and being served a bottle of soda each and Shs 5,000.

This came after Lango leaders also marched through Lira town asking MPs to quickly amend the constitution and scrap the presidential age limit clause.

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