Opposition Attack Age Limit Bill Over Ssebaana’s Body; Otafiire Stands Ground

Parliament’s tribute to late John Ssebaana Kizito was today overshadowed by condemnation of the Constitutional Amendment Bill (2017).

The motion to pay tribute to Ssebaana was moved by the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda and seconded by the opposition chief whip Ibrahim Semujju Nganda.

The Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda remembered the deceased as an advocate for democracy who participated in the liberation of the country.

“Ssebaana Kizito served this nation with dedication and patriotism… he offered himself to the service of our country both in political and business leadership,” Rugunda eulogized.

He added that government took pride in his contribution; urging all Ugandans to emulate him and ensure that his legacy, enterprises and name live on.

On his part, FDC’s Semujju Nganda said that parliament would better remember Ssebaana’s legacy if it resisted the change of the constitution to remove the presidential age limit.

Nganda said the reason the former Kampala Mayor found time off his business to engage in politics was because he cared for the country.

 “Even on his death bed, he was still concerned about maneuvers being done by some regime royalists to change the constitution, so Mr. Museveni can finally proclaim himself for life presidency,” he said.

In his last media interview broadcast a month ago, Ssebaana made a passionate plea to Parliament to resist maneuvers of changing Article 102 of the Constitution that puts a mandatory age limit.

Semujju further praised the deceased for grooming the young generation into politics, adding that true leaders do not invest in buildings but in people because success without a successor is a failure.

However, the minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Kahinda Otafiire stated that the constitution is a property of the people and if the people say they want this article changed it will be so.

“I want to tell the leader of the opposition that the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda is not my property; it’s a property of the people of Uganda. It is not a commandment from God and all the articles of the Constitution  are amendable when the population of Uganda so chooses,” Otafiire said.

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