ANDREW MWENDA: Removing Age-Limit is Good for NRM Consistency

Controversial journalist Andrew Mwenda has said removing the age limit to allow President Yoweri Museveni chance to stand again is needed for consistency in the ruling NRM party.

During  a political talk show on NBS Television last evening, panelists gave their views on the highly speculated amendment of article 102 (b) of the Constitution, which government has so far vehemently denied.

On Wednesday the Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana after pressure from Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, declared on the floor of Parliament that neither government nor any private member is working on the Bill.

The matter is however dominating public debate, and according to Mr. Mwenda there is nothing wrong with some people supporting the removal since it is their rights.

“We all remember the history of this country. The legal notice number one of 1986 that restricted Museveni to rule for 4 years was amended along the way. In 1996 Museveni said he wouldn’t stand in 2001 but it happened again, therefore the age limit had to be removed to maintain that NRM consistency,” Mwenda said.

It should be remembered that the Constitution made in 1995 put in place presidential term limit but in 2005 it was amended giving Museveni another chance to stand.

Former Ethics Minister, Maria Matembe however, sharply disagreed with Mwenda, saying the people supporting age limit removal like murderers, have not rights to agitate for it.

“If we say that it is the right of those who want the amendment of age limit to ask for it, is the same as saying murderers and thugs have rights to agitate for amendments to protect them from prosecution,” Dr. Matembe said.

The FDC Secretary General, Nandala Mafabi humorously stated that the Constitution was defiled at 10 years in 2005 (term limit) and it’s now about to be raped.

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