Members of the Uganda People’s Congress [UPC], one of the oldest party in Lango sub region have tasked their party president, Jimmy Akena, to declare his position the Presidential Age Limit debate.
Akena, the Lira Municipality MP, has maintained a deathly silence while other parties like Democratic Party introduced a “kogikwatako” campaign which was supported by Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] to resist the amendment of the constitution.
Before Akena took “a vow of silence”, he was in the news for allegedly selling the party to the ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM] which is championing the bill that will allow President Museveni to rule for life.
Norbert Mao, the DP president and Kizza Besigye, the former FDC party president, have made their views known but Akena remains silent.
Uganda Radio Network [URN] quotes UPC supporters who believe Akena’s silence is disturbing and could paint him as a supporter of the controversial bill cooked up by Igara West MP Raphael Magezi.
Ken Odur, a UPC party sympathiser, told URN he was disappointed that Akena has chosen to remain silent despite the relevance of the matter at hand.
Paul Omara believes Akena’s silence on the matter is of national concern because UPC as a party has never wavered on its position about the promotion of a democratic and constitutional order in Uganda.
The motion brought MPs nearly to grips on Thursday. Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa downplayed reports that the opposition scored highly by blocking a session in which a controversial bill for the amendment of Article 102 (b) of the constitution would have been tabled.
The motion did not appear on the order paper. Later, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah told the house that the Speakers needed more time to understand the motion.
Opposition legislators led by Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza demanded for the adjournment of parliament amidst chaos and it was pushed to next week.
“It is not yet Uhuru for those who think that a Member of Parliament should not be given an opportunity to express him or herself,” Nankabirwa is quoted telling opposition MPs.