EXCLUSIVE: Tabling Age Limit Amendment Postponed

The process to remove presidential age limit from the Constitution will not commence in Parliament today as planned.

On Tuesday this week, Ministers and Members of Parliament from the ruling National Resistance Movement adopted a resolution to introduce a Bill to amend Article 102 (b) of the Constitution, which restricts the presidential candidates’ age at 75.

The architects of the Bill promised that the motion would be moved on the floor of Parliament today Thursday.

The draft Order Paper of today (order of business at Parliament) however, doesn’t have any item concerning the presidential age limit or any planned constitutional amendment.

ChimpReports has exclusively learnt that though the motion which is to be moved by Igara County MP, Raphael Magezi is ready, it has been postponed to Thursday next week.

According to one of the architects of the Bill who asked not to be named, the procrastination is to allow the Speaker  of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, currently in the United Kingdom, to return and handle it herself.

“We have postponed it to next week Thursday when the Rt. Hon. Speaker is on the chair herself,” a source in the inner committee said.

It remains unclear why the age limit amendment group is not willing to formally commit it on the floor when the Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah is on the chair.

Yesterday, Oulanyah dismissed any debate on the controversial amendment when the topic was raised on the floor  by Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze.

Nambooze raised concerns that the NRM MPs resolution which is not yet official, was taken inside Parliament.

The Deputy speaker in response told the members to leave the matter alone because the Bill is still officially nonexistent.

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