Kampala central legislator Hon. Muhammad Nsereko has expressed his discontentment and heartbrokenness following the decision passed by the caucus members.
Speaking while appearing on NBS Television early this morning Nsereko noted that the ruling party legislators have betrayed Ugandans by trying to block the gates that lead to peaceful transition of power.
“For as long as you close the gates that lead to a peaceful transition, you’re opening the flood gates of war.” Nsereko.
The former NRM rebel MP politely called upon the religious and Cultural leaders to come out reject this move his the politicians have proved their stand which is likely to mislead the country.
“If these MPs are misbehaving, religious and cultural leaders should come out. Don’t bury your heads in the sand.” He added.
On Tuesday 12 September 2017, the team of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) legislators voted to spearhead a private members bill to amend article 102b scraping the presidential age limit set at 75 years.
The motion was moved by Kyaka County MP Jackson Rwakafuzi to scrap the presidential age limit which was backed by all NRM MPs except the kumi Mp Monica Amoding, in a meeting chaired by MP for Bubyangabu county Adolf Kasaija Mwesigye,.
The 1995 constitution bars anyone above 75 years of age from standing for president. This means President Museveni is not ineligible to seek re-election in 2021 unless the constitution is amended.
Museveni, and how he has amalgamated himself into power
Museveni was involved in rebellions that toppled Ugandan leaders Idi Amin (1971–79) and Milton Obote (1980–85). In the mid to late 1990s, Museveni was celebrated by the west as part of a new generation of African leaders.
During Museveni’s presidency Uganda has experienced relative stability and economic growth. His presidency has been marred, however, by involvement in the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other Great Lakes region conflicts. Rebellion in the north by the Lord’s Resistance Army caused a drastic humanitarian emergency.
Suppression of political opposition and a 2005 constitutional amendment scrapping presidential term limits, thus enabling extension of his rule, has been a concern of domestic commentators and many in the international community.
Right now, he is behind the move to have article 102b of the the Uganda constitution scrapped so that his rule can be extended for more unknown years.