Business on Monday morning was paralyzed in Kabale town as scores of National Resistance Movement party supporters took to the streets, demonstration in support of the proposed removal of the Presidential age limit from the constitution.
Led by Sheikh Kassim Kamugisha, the Kabale district NRM youth league chairman, the crowd marched through the Main Rd, Nyerere Av. up to the office of the NRM where they handed copies of their petition to the ruling party Administrative Secretary Amos Rwansheija, to forward them to the NRM Chairman Yoweri Museveni, and party members of parliament, who they urge to support the amendment.
Sheikh Kamugisha says Article 102 (b) of the Constitution which caps the Presidential contestant’s age at 75, is discriminating and must be amended.
Through their campaign dubbed “Kick Age Limitations Out of the Constitution” (KALOC), Kamugisha says they are against limitations that bar youths under the age of 30 years from running as Chairmen LC3, LC4, LC5 or President, yet these are allowed to stand for MP.
He further argued that Uganda has over 1million people aged 75 years and above, who are allowed to partake in elections as voters, and not as contestants, which he says is unfair.
Kamugisha went on to term Article 102 (b) in its current form as undemocratic and discriminating against experienced and senior citizens of county, adding that it deprives Ugandans of experienced and good leadership resources.
Edison Tukahabwa, the Kabale district NRM publicity secretary said that once the age limit is removed, it will ultimately leave power with the people to determine leadership through regular, free and fair elections as opposed to the needless legal constraint on the will and mandate of the people.
Nelson Nshangabasheija the Katuna town council mayor however, pointed out that the procession in support of the removal of age limit was guided by the fact that “there is development in the country coupled with peace and therefore, no need to stabilize the sitting president.”