Uganda’s opposition lawmakers have launched a new anti-Museveni campaign following Wednesday’s events that saw parliament approve a constitutional change that will allow the current president to run for an unprecedented sixth term in office.
This new campaign dubbed, “KOGIKUTEKO” was announced by the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LoP), Winnie Kiiza at parliament on Thursday morning.
“We are starting another journey called “KOGIKUTTEKO”. We are mandated to come up with laws that will provide proper management of the country. Government should accept that they have run away from their responsibility,” Winnie said.
She added, “Yesterday, there was need for harmonization with the rest of East Africa on the question of term limits and it was rational to increase the length of parliament to lessen the burden of the taxpayer in terms of cost of elections.”
After three days of debate, MPs voted overwhelmingly to remove the age limit of 75 for presidential candidates.
It means 73-year-old President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled for more than 30 years, can seek re-election in 2021.
A two-term limit was scrapped in 2005 to allow Mr Museveni to stand for a third term.
But that limit has been reinstated following criticism that Mr Museveni could now become president for life.
She praised lawmakers who opposed lifting of the age limit, “I salute legislators who looked beyond political parties, interests and Mr. Museveni and put Ugandans first.”