Cabinet approves age limit bill, gives NRM MPs nod

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Minister of Information and ICT, Hon Frank Tumwebaze

Cabinet meeting on Friday approved six major items including the Private Members Bill pushing for the scrapping of the presidential age limit clause.

Cabinet, according to ICT minister, Frank Tumwebaze, noted the information by the Government Chief Whip regarding the Proposal of a Member of Parliament Hon Magezi Raphael to move a private members bill in respect of article 102(b) and other constitutional amendment.

Cabinet accordingly advised the Chief whip to advise the Member wishing to table the Private members bill to follow the established legislative procedure in accordance with law, Tumwebaze said in a statement.

The bill seeks to remove the age limit clause prohibiting President Yoweri Museveni from standing again in 2021 elections.

Museveni who celebrated his 73rd birthday today, will be over 75 years cap above which the constitution doesn’t allow him to run for presidency.

Meanwhile, cabinet also approved a loan for the construction of the Kabale International Airport Project in Hoima District, to facilitate the transportation of vital equipment’s to enable production of Oil by 2020, in line with Government’s set target for the production of Oil.

It further approved the appointment of the Chairperson and Members of the Local Government Finance Commission for the period beginning 2017-2020.

They are; Mr. Sam Ogenrwoth, Mrs. Deborah Kyazike Kinobe, Mr. Norman Birungi, Mr. Charles Katarikawe, Mr. Yunus Mugabe, Mrs. Grace Masiko Kemigisa and Dr. Agnes Atim Apea.

Cabinet noted that Uganda would host the High-level Conference on the Application of Science, Technology and Innovation in Harnessing Opportunities for Africa’s Agricultural Transformation from 27th to 29th September, 2017 in Kampala.

It then approved the Task Force to spearhead the Revival of a Uganda National Airline and authorised the Ministry of Local Government in Liaison with KCCA to formulate a comprehensive strategy for addressing the challenge of multiple taxation or over taxation of the informal Sector in respect to Public Service Vehicles (Taxis/Buses).