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Police Summon Anti Age Limit Bill MPs

Police have summoned a number of Members of Parliament who have come out in the last few days to openly oppose the proposed amendment of the constitution to remove the presidential age limit.

The summoned MPs include Theodore Sekikubo (Lwemiyaga), Alan Sewanyana (Makindye) and Muhammad Nsereko.

The MPs told a press conference in Kampala that they were summoned in a letter, to appear at the Police CID offices in Kibuli to respond to their statements earlier last week.

Police were yet to speak out on the development as the Police spokesperson Asan Kasingye and his deputy Polly Namaye had their phones switched off by publication time.

Earlier in the day, Police arrested a number of youths in downtown Kampala who were demonstrating and distributing fliers to rally the public against the amendment.

There were also reports of heavy police deployment around Kampala, and Military Police in and around the parliamentary building.

The Bill to amend Article 102 of the Constitution is expected to be tabled in the house on Thursday this week.

At the press address at parliament, the MPs termed their summons by police as unconstitutional.

Lwemiyaga MP Sekikubo noted that as MPs they are granted liberty by the constitution to express themselves freely when they are in the confines of parliament.

“On the other hand, the law breakers; the likes of (MP Evelyn) Anite, who openly incited the national army to break the law, have not been summoned to Police,” said Sekikubo.

The MPs went on to appeal to their colleagues in the ruling party to “step back and get on the right side of history.”

“If you have been paid whatever amount of money, it is not too let to take it back and do what is right for our country,” Sekikubo said.

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