Age limit: minister survives lynching in Mubende

Hon. Benny Namugwanya

Another report of a minister narrowly escaping death has painted Mubende district as the most determined when it comes to the question of the presidential age limit bill.

The latest victim of the wrath of citizens is Minister of State for Kampala Capital City Authority, Benny Namugwanya.

Namugwanya who doubles as the Mubende Woman MP used the weekend to gather views of her constituents on the proposed removal of the age limit clause.

Angry residents corned the minister in Kasambya North and moved to lynch her for allegedly supporting the bill which they have already denounced vehemently.

But Kassanda South Constituency MP Hon. Simeo Muwanga Nsubuga says he organised the rally at the close of the week with Namugwanya where leaders (political, religious, cultural and opinion) “unanimously agreed and endorsed the proposed constitutional amendment of article 102b (TUGIKWATEKO)”.

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The said consultative meeting was held at Salvation Nursery & Primary School in Myanzi Village, Myanzi Parish, Myanzi Sub-County.

According to Nsubuga, leaders called upon their MPs to support the Constitutional amendment.

Residents had earlier rejected the bill 

Early this month, residents tasked Namugwanya and Rtd Maj Joseph Kakooza (Buwekula County) to do all they can to ensure Article 102 (b) isn’t amended.

In a consultative meeting, the residents made their views known through their LC3/Sub County chairpersons.

Of the 22 LC3 Chairpersons who voted, 16 voted against life presidency and urged NRM to get someone else other than President Museveni to be their party chairman and Presidential candidate in 2021.

Mubende grass root leaders argued that there is no way NRM will attract any young people to join its ranks as members unless it changes leadership at the top.

In a meeting held at Simon gardens in Mubende town attended by herself and state minister for tourism Wild life and Antiquities, Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi, NRM members blamed their MPs for what they called deciding for them before their inquiry.

They also blamed Mubende town MP Tony Ssemmuli for voting him and he failed to look back disappointing them for putting all their trust in him and he fails them.

Minister Kiwanda explained how the changing of article 102 b will affect the constitution of Uganda and the citizens.

But he was reminded that the bill intends to give room for president Museveni to rule Uganda for more and more years. The leaders then lifted chairs as they threw them towards Minister Kiwanda.

Minister Namugwanya gave the example of Tanzania President Magufuli who was give more 7 years of presidency. The remark sparked off anger with members threatening never to vote her again.

Residents opt for blood

But their utter shock, the same MPs are returning to residents with the same issue seeking support for the removal of the bill they were told not to touch.

Namugwanya’s near lynching comes shortly after clashes at Kasambya County MP Gafa Mbwatekamwa’s rally at Mugungulu grounds in Bageza Sub-county.

Police intervened to calm the situation. The MP was forced to ask President Museveni to give up on this matter.

Before that, there was bloodshed in Buwekula Constituency when the area MP Kakooza tried to engage the youth on lifting the presidential age limit.

Kakooza had organised a consultation meeting with the electorate in Kitenga Subcounty but unfortunately, he chose a wrong day-Red Tuesday.

Escorted by crime preventers from the Gomborola headquarters, Kakooza reached the venue of the meeting only to find youth and elders shouting “Togikwatako” [don’t dare touch it]. He was driven away and his crime preventers beaten to the point of bleeding.

In Mubende Municipality, voters mounted enough pressure to force MP Anthony Ssemuli oppose the age limit bill.