UPDF MPs Won’t Take Sides on Age-Limit

The 10 Members of Parliament of the UPDF Caucus have resolved not to take sides in the currently controversial presidential age limit amendment debate.

The army representatives converged on Tuesday morning at Parliament to brainstorm and come up with a common position on the contentious matter which is expected to be introduced on the floor of national assembly this week.

The closed door meeting was uncharacteristically not chaired by their Whip, Capt. Susan Uruni Lakot but by veteran Gen. Elly Tumwine.

Col. Felix Kulayigye who attended the meeting, told ChimpReports that the national army maintains its 1993 position during the Constituents Assembly.

“We are a professional force and on age limit we are not taking any side when it comes on the floor of the house. We stand for all the people of Uganda,” Kulayigye said.

The UPDF legislators are however going to vote on the proposed Bill which is being seen by many as a plan to keep President Yoweri Museveni in power beyond 2021.

“If the matter comes for voting, we shall exercise our rights and do the voting,” he added.

The age limit amendment, seeking to scrap the 75 years age restriction for aspiring presidents, is coming as a private member’s Bill by the Igara West MP, Raphael Magezi.

The Bill is however being supported by the members of the Executive including the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda and the Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa.

Parliament sitting on Thursday last week turned chaotic even when the matter was not on the Order Paper (order of business of the day), forcing the Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah who was chairing the house to prematurely adjourn to Tuesday.

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