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Government Denies Age Limit Plot after Pressure from Kadaga

Mwesigwa Rukutana

Government has entirely denied knowledge of any ploy to amend the Constitution and remove the age limit for presidential aspirants.

Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga on Tuesday tasked the Executive to clear the air on the already hot debate about the pending introduction of the Bill to amend article 102(b).

“There is something very serious in public about the pending Bill; I have checked and it is everywhere. The Attorney General and the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs should come and clear the air,” Kadaga said while chairing the house on Tuesday.

According to Kadaga, the public is already saturated with the age limit debate when Parliament, which is solely charged with the responsibility of making the laws, is not aware.

“There is nothing here (Parliament) about the age limit but the public has been incited,” she added.

In response, the Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana denied the allegations on the floor, saying the government has no plans to amend the age limit article.

“Let me clearly say it here and let it be captured on record that there is no Bill being sponsored by either the government or a private member to amend article 102 (b) of the Constitution,” Rukutana said.

Rukutana stressed that the only Bill being worked on is the one to amend article 26 of the Constitution to give government powers to take land for infrastructure.

“The only Bill that I am aware of that has already been passed by Cabinet is the Land Amendment Act,” he stressed.

Last week it was reported in the media that the Bill to amend article 102 (b) has already been put on the national gazette.

 

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