MPs write to Museveni to retire, hand over power

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Former NRM rebel MPs have written to Museveni

A section of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) MPs have written to President Yoweri Museveni asking him to give up the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill and leave the age limit clause alone.

A bill tabled by Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi seeks to amend Article 102(b) of the constitution, which caps the presidential age at 75 so Museveni can rule beyond 2021.

A total of ten MPs; Theodore Ssekikubo, Monicah Amoding, Barnabas Tinkasimire, Patrick Nsamba Oshabe, Sam Lyomoki, Gaffa Mbwatekamwa, John Baptist Nambetsye, Alex Ruhunda, Sylvia Rwabwogo and Felix Okot Ogong, appended their signatures to the letter.

The letter askes Museveni to convene a meeting of the Central Executive Committee (CEC), the National Executive Council (NEC), and National Conference on the matter.

The letter further demands that Museveni initiates a transition and succession process within the NRM party and national presidency.

It says having risen to the deserved status of Father of the Nation, Museveni owes it to the current and future generation to hand over a stable and vibrant democracy.

“The gift you bestow to Ugandans is a smooth transition of power.”

The MPs who are opposed to the presidential age limit bill say they are tired of a man who says this and turns against it the next day.

Sylvia Rwabwogo, Andrew Martial and Alex Ruhunda in their writing called upon Museveni to retire peacefully and allow power transfer without bloodshed.

Coming to the president’s defence, NRM Deputy Secretary General, Richard Todwong, says the passive stand of President Museveni on the debate is justified under a multi-party dispensation where decisions are taken by parties other than individuals.

A former Member of Parliament for Nwoya County, Todwong told Uganda Radio Network that Museveni declaring his interests on the matter will suffocate effective national debate after wide accusations that he stands to benefit from the amendment.