Former National Resistance Movement [NRM] rebel MPs have now started a crusade against the proposed Private Members’ Bill that seeks to allow President Yoweri Museveni return in 2021 when he will be 77 years of age.
They are; Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga County) Barnabas Tinkasimire (Buyaga West) Muhammad Nsereko (Kampala Central) and Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East).
Others backing them are; MPs John Baptists Nambeshe (Manjiya County) and Felix Okot Ogong (Dokolo County), Kumi Woman MP Monica Amoding (NRM), James Acidri (Maracha East) and Fred Turyamuhweza (Rujumbura County).
Their role is to oppose the 104 ruling party MPs led by Igara West MP, Raphael Magezi, who are pushing for the scrapping of the presidential age limit clause from the constitution.
The rebels speak out
According to Niwagaba, the whole crusade is part of Museveni’s machinations that should be resisted by Ugandans.
Hon. Theodore Ssekikubo said what they [NRM MPs] are doing is treason to the country because they want to use deception to hoodwink MPs.
“It’s so saddening that all this is going on in the premises of Parliament. What has happened to this country? Is everybody asleep? Opportunism, greed and selfishness was the principle in the meeting,” Ssekikubo pointed out.
He observed that Uganda is bigger than President Museveni and bigger than all of all Ugandans.
“Do your part and go. I want to call upon Museveni to think about his legacy. For how long must you sacrifice for Ugandans? You have done enough.”
He added: “The war is far from over. If they think they call pull it off like this, it will not happen.”
Hon. Barnabas Tinkasiimire, on the other hand, said they will internally discuss who should replace Museveni.
“Yes, you are a good dancer but your time is over. They are saying they want young people to contest for presidency. Who are they trying to hoodwink when they set nomination fees to Shs50m?” he noted.
According to Tinakasiimire, the cost of campaign has highly been commercialised by President Museveni.
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“No way! You (Museveni) pledged to Ugandans a manifesto to drive this country into a middle income country. This is what we should be discussing right now.”
He added: “We don’t fear President Museveni. Yes he has the money but it’s ‘evil money’. He ‘ill’ got this money.”
Hon. Muhammad Nsereko, on his part, said what they witnessed in parliament was a magnitude of selfish individuals talking about the unthinkable.
“We wish the best for our nation. We can’t trade our nation. My first blame goes to the people who voted for these MPs who want to abolish the age limit.”
He went on: “Every one of you call their Members of Parliament and ask them ‘who sent you to do this?’ With due respect, our colleagues who agreed to remove age limit have opened a can of worms.”
Nsereko said there is no way this age limit bill will come to the floor of Parliament, “we will grab and tear it. We shall disrupt Parliament”.
He said those that are mooting for age limit bill don’t wish Museveni well.
“How will you tell your children to stand for the truth? What you (Museveni) should be doing is introducing a bill for your retirement package.”