Gikwateko, yellow ribbon boys tell MPs Balyeku, Gaffa

MP Balyeku meeting NRM supporters

Members of the ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM] party have urged their legislators in Jinja and Mubende districts to go ahead and amend the constitution to remove age limit.

NRM members in Jinja West constituency in a large gathering told their area MP Hon Moses Balyeku to support 102(b) amendment.

“Gikwateko!” they chanted at a consultative meeting held in the constituency.

Earlier, voters who are not allied to the ruling party accused their Balyeku of fronting wrong ideas when the whole country is standing up lifting of the presidential age limit.

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Last month, while other Members of Parliament were being beaten by Special Forces Command soldiers for opposing the age limit bill, Balyeku chose to back Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi, the mover of the said bill.

Angry voters donning red ribbons which opposition introduced as a defiant wear against the bill, say Balyeku did not consult them before he seconded the bill that will allow President Museveni to die in power.

“Our leaders have taken to bars and shady places taking advantage of poor youth to speak their opinion with bribes,” the voters said Friday, and started soliciting signatures to recall him from parliament.

Youth tell Gaffa to support the bill

In Kasambya County in Mubende district, youth donning yellow ribbons [symbol of peace and unity] and escorted by police marched in support of the age limit bill.

“Gikwateko!” the youth chanted urging their MP Gaffa Mbwatekamwa to support 102(b) amendment. This happened at three consecutive consultative meetings.

Gaffa was among the NRM MPs recently thrown out of the party Parliamentary Caucus for opposing the removal of presidential age limit.

Others are; Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga County), Barnabas Tinkasimire (Buyaga West), John Baptist Nambeshe (Manjiya County), Patrick Nsamba (Kassanda County), Sylvia Rwabwogo (Kabarole District) and Acidiri James (Maracha East).

Gaffa from the go opposed the bill saying it was high time the president and party chairman retired and let other people lead the country.

But now his own supporters from the ruling party are pushing him to accept the bill and even vote in favour of its amendment.