The Central Executive Committee of the ruling NRM party has appealed to its members to avoid the contentious Age Limit Amendment debate and instead focus on transition of power from President Yoweri Museveni.
Members of CEC which is the highest decision making administrative organ of the biggest party, convened on Monday at the party headquarters, Plot 10 Kyadondo with the agenda of resolving on the article 102 (b) amendment.
“We the members of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) have followed the intense debate surrounding the alleged proposal to amend article 102 (b) of the 1995 Constitution,” part of a statement released on Monday afternoon read.
They described the amendment debate that has already seen a Member of Parliament being attacked in public and Cabinet subsequently issuing a statement calling for tolerance, as diversionary.
“The debate on the alleged proposal to amend article 102 (b) of the Constitution is misguided; irresponsible, redundant and at best diversionary,” the committee deduced.
NRM CEC now wants members of the party to focus on Uganda after President Museveni.
“We would like to guide that our members of NRM are encouraged to begin thinking broadly and deeply in how to transition from President Museveni. As a revolutionary party, we should not fear to discuss the challenges of the future with or without President Museveni and how to confront those challenges.”
“We are a tested political organization capable of surmounting any challenge. So as a party we must open up the debate on transition.”
The statement added that the party has embarked on implementing its manifesto which focuses on lifting the lives of Ugandan citizens to a middle income status by 2020.
“The manifesto mandate is still fresh and requires a lot of commitment, responsibility and leadership. Unfortunately, this debate threatens to divert our attention from fulfilling our Contract with Ugandan Citizens.”