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Kakumiro District Backs Age Limit Removal

The Kakumiro district council on Tuesday unanimously resolved to support the ongoing NRM efforts to remove the presidential age limit from the constitution.

All 19 councilors voted in favor of the amendment of Article 102 (b), arguing that it is discrimination, to limit an individual from running for any office.

The Tuesday extra-ordinary council presided over by Speaker Joseph Ajuna gave members of parliament support to rid the age limit.

The motion was moved by Eriya Twebaze, the Birembo sub county councilor and was seconded by district youth councilor Justus Murungi.

Murungi said that as youths, they felt left out and discriminated against by the law, which caps the minimum age for presidential candidates at 35.

Meanwhile, the speaker reminded the councilors that the district council has no mandate to make national laws but that the resolution was merely to encourage MPs to proceed with the amendment.

Joseph Ssentayi, the Kakumiro district Chairman scoffed at critics of the bill, who believe that the amendment is targeting an individual, noting that such people are shortsighted and have selfish interests.

Onesmus Twinamatsiko the Buagagizi East Mp hailed Kakumiro people for supporting removal of age limits from the constitution and promised to represent their views in Parliament.

Meanwhile scores of NRM supporters on Tuesday held a procession in Kakumiro town to show support to the amendment of article 102(b) of the constitution.

The procession included local leaders like councilors, Chairperson LC3s, NRM cadres among others who chanted “Mugikwateho” (you can touch it).

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