The Saturday Monitor News Paper Headline dubbed “Aged government in Charge of a Young State” has raised a lot of mixed reactions from both the public and private sectors.
In a social media post made by Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Hon. Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine, noted that its why they day by to have the country in the hands of the youth.
“That is why we work hard day and night to put our nation in hands of young and competent leaders who are able to offer 21st century solutions for the 21st century. These guys are certainly out of touch with reality. Our desire would be that they retire honourably and offer advice on some issues. If they insist on staying on- #PeoplePower will boot them out, period!” he noted.
It should be noted that at 72, the Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, is the youngest of the top five positions in Cabinet. Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, 77, is two years older than his boss.
Both of Dr Rugunda’s deputies are octogenarians. Gen Moses Ali, the First Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Leader of Government Business in Parliament, is 80-years-old, while Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of East African Community Affairs, Mr Ali Kirunda Kivejinja, is 84-years-old and he is the oldest member of Cabinet. First Lady and Education Minister Janet Museveni is 71-years-old……..
In the public service, church and many other places, including private companies and academia, there are age limits. But not for the presidency and Cabinet.