The Chairperson of Kigezi Inter Religious Council Rev Fr Gaetano Batanyenda has said Minister of Local Government Raphael Magyezi decided to bow out of the Igara West MP race in the 2021 elections because he couldn’t face his disappointed voters.
Fr Geotano theorised while addressing press yesterday that Minister Magyezi was sure he would be punished by the electorate because of his contribution in the passing of the controversial Presidential Age Limit constitutional amendment.
Minister Magyezi in 2017 tabled a Private Member’s Bill that was passed to remove the presidential age limit.
Last week, he announced he would not be seeking a second term next year as the Igara West MP.
Magyezi, while appearing on one of the radio stations in Bushenyi District said he will consider contesting again in the future, but not 2021.
Speaking during a press conference at Kick Corruption out of Uganda offices in Kirigime, Kabale, Fr Batanyenda said Magyezi must have withdrawn from the race because he realized that his voters were still angry at him for tabling the bill that removed the age limit.
“The age limit bill made him unpopular and he knew that convincing his electorate for support in the forthcoming elections would be too challenging and costly to him. That is why he withdrew from the race,” Gaetano said.
Minister Magyezi however, has since denied media reports that he opted out after learning that Kasambya County MP Gafa Mbwatekamwa was shifting his political base to Igara County West, his birth place, to contest against Magyezi.