Forum for Democratic Change [FDC party leaders] in the Ankole sub region have launched a campaign to sensitise residents against the proposed amendment of the constitution to remove the presidential age limit.
Stanley Katembeya, the FDC Chairperson for Western Uganda, told Uganda Radio Network that parliament holds the mandate to protect the constitution and ensure that it is not tampered with for selfish reasons.
“The ongoing debate is putting Ugandan legislators to a test of maturity,” Katembeya said while speaking at the launch of the campaign at the Forum for Democratic Change party offices in Mbarara town.
Faridah Namuzi, the FDC vice chairperson for western Uganda, is quoted by URN saying the leaders will mobilise locals in their respective districts to hold legislators accountable for decisions they make in this regard.
“The campaign will include exposing legislators and other leaders who will support the move so that the locals know all those opposed to a peaceful transition,” Namuzi pointed out.
Kayihura to flush out age limit debaters in Mbarara
The police chief Gen Kale Kayihura was in Mbarara town over the weekend following the arrest of three youth who buried President Yoweri Museveni and Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister, Kahinda Otafiire, alive.
According to Rwizi Region police spokesperson, Samson Kasasira, Albert Nangumya, a student at Bishop Stuart University, Maxi Muhumuza, a spokesperson of the Ankole kingdom and Rogers Asiimwe, were protesting against the proposed Constitution Amendment Bill.
Following their arrest, Kayihura travelled to Mbarara to meet security chiefs to investigate the role played by opposition members who reportedly met the students from Bishop Stuart University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Kabale University.
Kayihura who camped at Lake View Resort hotel in Mbarara, told The Observer that he had received intelligence reports that some opposition leaders are inciting youths in the guise age limit bill.
He vowed not to not allow leaders to take the age limit debate to tertiary institutions and villages.
“Age limit debate is strictly in parliament, but not in schools or villages. It is supposed to be debated in parliament and should be among MPs,” Kayihura told the newspaper.
During a meeting with the security bosses, Kayihura told commanders to strengthen their spy network in universities and work with crime preventers to ensure students don’t discuss the age limit bill at campuses.
“It was an embarrassment to security to see students carrying the coffin with the picture of the president in Mbarara. It showed there is no intelligence network in Mbarara,” Kayihura is quoted as saying.
The constitution put the ceiling on the age of the person holding the presidency at 75.
Born in 1944, President Museveni who has ruled Uganda since 1986 will attain the limit before the end of his current term in 2021.