VP Ssekandi ‘bribes’ voters to support age limit

VP Ssekandi with 92-year-old Andrinico Magatto, 1st person to establish a travel lodge on Ssese Island

The Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, has been accused of allegedly dishing out bribes after his constituents rejected the proposed amendment to lift the presidential age limit.

In Masaka district, Ssekandi reportedly dished out bribes, sent his team to pick a target ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party members and coach them to support the amendment.

According to Uganda Radio Network [URN] voters in Kabonera, Kyesiga and Kyanamukaka Sub Counties told Mary Babirye Kabanda, the Masaka Woman MP to tell the vice president not to bother consulting them, saying they are opposed to proposed scrapping of the presidential age limit.

In their message to Ssekandi who represents Bukoto Central constituency, the voters demanded that President Yoweri Museveni retires from active politics.

Ssekandi instead sent a team led by Mulindwa Birimumaaso, a senior presidential advisor to select and register those who would participate in the consultations.

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The advance team met the selected individuals and briefed them on what to say during the consultative meetings.

The list was allegedly used to screen those accessing the venue for the consultative meetings. Those whose names didn’t appear on the list were turned away.

Those who attended the consultations received between Shs5,000 and Shs50,000 depending on their leadership status. At least 450 people turned up for the consultations.

At the meeting, Ssekandi defended the proposed scrapping of article 102(b) of the constitution, saying there is nothing wrong with deleting the presidential age limit to allow president Museveni to extend his reign.

Source: URN