The National Resistance Movement-NRM party Deputy Secretary General, Richard Todwong, says Article 102(b), which restricts the president’s age to between 35 and 75 years was smuggled into the constitution.
Todwong made the claim on Thursday when he and other NRM party members appeared before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee to make their submission on the Constitutional (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2017.
The Committee, which is chaired by the South Budama Member of parliament, MP Jacob Oboth-Oboth is conducting public hearings to collect views of different Ugandans on the bill.
The Constitutional (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2017 seeks among other things to amend article 102 (b) of the constitution to removal the 75-year age limit on persons intending to contest for presidency.
Once approved, the bill will pave way for president, Yoweri Museveni to seek another term of office when his current term ends. Museveni, who is currently 73 years old, would be ineligible to contest for the seat he has held for the last 3 decades.
Appearing before the committee in the company of some members of the NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) and National Executive Council (NEC), Todwong claimed that the Constituent Assembly (CA) in 1995 agreed that no age limit should be imposed and that it should be left to the people to decide.