Prof Barya: no Ugandan president lived beyond 90

Prof Baryamureeba

Former presidential candidate and Makerere university vice chancellor, Prof Venansius Baryamureeba says since Independence all Presidents elected and unelected have been above 35 years and below the age of 75 at the time of assuming office.

He was Friday appearing before the committee on legal and parliamentary affairs over the constitution Amendment Bill No. 2 of 2017.

He said between 35 and 75 is 40 years which is adequate time for one to offer themselves for election. “Why would one wait when they are over 75 to offer themselves?”

Prof Barya said there is no evidence that the age limit bill is not for President Museveni. “Remember this constitution was made you see his leadership, was amended to remove term limits to allow him run for president.”

According to him, suffice to note is the fact that there is hardly a single senior Ugandan politician who was politically very active in his/ her 60s- 70s and lived beyond 90 years.

Politicians including Museveni should enjoy at least 10 years after retirement, Barya suggested.

He argued that it is important to note that in 1995 constitution, the people of Uganda chose a democracy/ republic form of governance as opposed to other forms of governance such as federalism, monarchy, dictatorship, authoritarian and autocracy or tyranny.

Prof Barya suggests that term limits should be reinstated and entrenched along with 102b and if the president comes out and declares that he won’t contest in 2021, this Bill will collapse.

He said it is researched practice, that all Chief Executive Positions in the public and private sectors require working experience.

In addition to the academic qualifications, persons aspiring to be President should have years of learning on the job either in the public or private sector (working experience) which they can bring to the Presidency.

“It is scientifically proven that it’s dangerous to put (senile) elderly people in positions that have immense executive power like the Presidency.”