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Age Limit: MP, Kakooza Warns Youth Against Threatening Legislators

MP, James Kakooza addressing the media at Parliament

Kabula County Member of Parliament (MP), James Kakooza has asked the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga to let MPs and the public freely debate the age limit clause in the Constitution.

The Speaker directed members on Tuesday to stop engaging in what she called speculative debate that was allegedly misleading the public.

While addressing a press conference at Parliament on Friday, Kakooza said the public is free to discuss the issue, as a matter of popular concern.

“It doesn’t prevent the public from debating what is in the constitution, nobody has a right against the citizens; if the public wants to debate it and it’s in the constitution, it’s their mandate and right,” Kakooza said.

Kakooza is one of the legislators that are advocating for the lifting of the age limit from the constitution. The legislator is remembered for having led the campaign that saw the 7th Parliament lift the presidential term limit from the constitution in 2005.

Kakooza told the media that the act by a section of Ugandans threatening those that are advocating for amendment of the constitution is uncalled for and an expression of high level of intolerance.

“We are reliably informed that there is a group of youths; 100 of them met at Fig tree Hotel and were promised money to get involved in funny activities which include sending threatening messages to MPs,” Kakooza said.

“If they want to do that, they should do it in a proper manner but their idea of sending threatening messages is not called for.”

Kakooza also wants the constitution amended to allow all those above 18 to stand for any political position in Uganda.

 “It is high time Ugandans think of allowing able bodied people interested in political leadership by amending the constitution; there are many other credible candidates who are above 75 years that should be given a chance to stand for presidency.”

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