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Museveni: Amending Age Limit not a Crime

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President Museveni has explicitly stated there is room for amendment of articles in the Constitution including the contentious presidential age limit.

Museveni, while addressing the nation on the contentious proposed land amendments on Wednesday at Entebbe State House, was asked by reporters to give his position on the declared plans to revise article 102 (b) of the Constitution that restricts the age of President at 75 years.

Museveni, who first downplayed the first question saying the issue at hand, is land, responded when the second reporter fired the same question.

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In his response, the president stated that when they were framing the Constitution in 1993, a provision was put for the amendment whenever need arises.

“We did a good job in 1993 (when framing the Constitution). The question of amending the Constitution was comprehensively addressed. There is no problem at all,” Museveni said.

Chapter 18 and particularly article 259 (1) of the 1995 Constitution provides for the amendment of the Constitution.

“(1) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, Parliament may amend by way of addition, variation or repeal, any provision of this Constitution in accordance with the procedure laid down in this Chapter.”

On Tuesday morning NRM Caucus members (ministers and Members of Parliament) adopted a resolution to move a motion to introduce on the floor of Parliament a Bill to remove the presidential age limit today afternoon.

The amendment is viewed by many as plot to make Museveni who is going to be 76 in the next election in 2021, stand again.

Museveni who a month ago described the age limit debate as “idle talks”, however yesterday said it is the right of those advocating for the amendment to continue with it.

“Though it is not official NRM (position) for now, those MPs were provoked and they are voluntarily doing it. It is their right,” said Museveni.

While the opposition has vowed to fight back, Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo recently said many people want President Museveni to stay around.

“Indeed the issue of age limit has been raised in various forms with many people openly urging president Museveni to stay on and complete what they deem unfinished business,” said Opondo.

The constitution was in 2005 amended to scrap the two presidential term limits clause, paving way for Museveni’s reelection in 2006, 2011 and 2016.

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