Age limit: MPs throw Otafiire out of parliament 

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Otafiire appearing before the committee handling the age limit bill

Members of Parliament on Tuesday threw out of the house the Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister, Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire, in the heat of the presidential age limit debate.

Otafiire was appearing before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee to make his submission on the Constitution (Amendment) No 2, 2017.

Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi had just walked out of the committee in protest after MPs insistently heckled him while giving his justification for the bill. The seconders of the bill also walked out after Magyezi.

Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante likened Hon Magyezi’s departure to a pregnant woman leaving the labour ward and the Dr invites a midwife to support.

The midwife in question was Otafiire who was expected to give his side on behalf of government. Otafiire came carrying a document that had no signature.

“We have seen Hon Magyezi fail to defend his Bill. Let us listen to the Minister of Justice who failed to do his duty,” Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko jeered.

But Committee chair Jacob Oboth Oboth told the minister to first sign the document before making a presentation. Otafiire adamantly refused to sign.

After declining to sign a document he presented to the committee, Hon Oboth ruled that the Minister of Justice leaves and comes back another day.

Otafiire hesitated, swallowed hard, stood up and smartly walked out.

Today marked the first public reading of the bill that will make President Museveni a president for life, if passed by parliament.

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