Opposition MPs have launched a new anti-Age Limit campaign ahead of tabling of the report by the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee expected next week.
Sources reveal that NRM MPs have finalized plans to pass the controversial Constitutional Amendment Bill (No.2) 2017 before end of this month.
Brought up by Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi, the Bill seeks to amend Article 102 (b) of the 1995 Constitution by removing Presidential age limits so that a person above 75 years of age as well as those below 35 years of age can stand for President.
However, Opposition MPs say they will do whatever it takes to stop the Bill from being passed.
Addressing journalists at Parliament this morning, Muwanga Kivumbi, the Butambala County Legislator said they had unveiled a new anti-Age Limit campaign which kicks off with immediate effect.
“This country is going to be painted red and [Inspector General of Police] General Kale Kayihura can’t stop the wind that is going to blow in the country,” Kivumbi, in a threatening tone, said.
Among the activities lined up for the campaign are calls to electorates to continuously call their MPs and warn them against lifting the Presidential age limits and visits to MPs’ homes. Additionally, all Ugandans opposed to the Bill have been asked to dress in red attires from head to toe.
Parliament’s Legal Committee is expected to table its report on the Bill before Parliament on Tuesday December12, 2017.
However, Opposition MPs have vowed to organize a parade along Parliament Avenue where MPs headed to Parliament will be met with a crowd of voters ahead of the anticipated meeting.
The Opposition MPs have also accused their NRM counterparts of fronting support for the controversial Bill in order to have their tenure extended by two years.
Kivumbi termed the latest move by the ruling party as diversionary.
“These people are simply being diversionary. These are cheats because none of them consulted their voters on having their term extended. They have realized their ground can’t hold; they are simply realizing they are going to lose. Let them be truthful to their voters,” he said.
The proposal to extend the extension of term of office for MPs is being brought up by the infamous Arua Municipality MP, Abraham Abiriga