A section of Ugandan legislators are demanding for a referendum on the proposed constitutional amendment to lift the age limit for persons seeking to contest for the presidency.
The demand comes at the backdrop of reports a section of National Resistance Movement – NRM legislators have mooted a plan to amend the constitution to allow Museveni to contest for the presidency in 2021 and that the constitutional amendment bill on the same has already been gazetted.
Under the current provision in article 102(b) of the 1995 constitution, President Museveni would not be eligible to contest for the seat. Born in 1944 and in power since 1986, Museveni will hit the limit before the next presidential election.
Article 102(b) states that a person is qualified for election as President if that person is not less than 35 years and not more than 75 years. President Museveni will be 73 this year and 77 in 2021.
Now different Members of Parliament have described the matter as highly sensitive adding that Ugandans should be given an opportunity to decide whether to lift or not to lift the presidential age limit. Kasambya County MP Gaffa Mbwatekamwa says that parliament cannot be left to solely determine the path for Uganda.
Kassanda North MP Patrick Nsamba says that giving Ugandans a chance to determine their destiny is better for Uganda’s democracy adding that legislation should not be about individuals but for the entire country.