Organisers Of Anti Age Limit Demo In Lira Speak Out

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Ambrose Ocen Kibuka, one of the masterminds of the protests called upon the rest of the country to rally support and resist the proposed scrapping of article 102 b, which restricts presidential age between 35 and 75 years of age.

Organisers of Thursday's anti-presidential age removal protest in Lira town, say their civic action will continue in all major towns in Lango region. Dozens of people stormed Lira town and blocked the Oyam road and Obote Avenue junction.

 
The protesters also displayed several placards with message expressing their dissatisfaction with the move to scrap the presidential age limit from the constitution. "Museveni must leave", read of the placard.  "Don't tamper with the constitution", read another. "Our country is not your bathroom", read another. 


The protesters lit fire on the road using old tyres paralyzing traffic for three hours before police moved in to disperse them. Issah Otto Amiza, the former Oyam South Member of Parliament and the coordinator of the group, says the protests will continue until they are sure nobody is tempering with Uganda's constitution.

 
In a press conference convened at his home on Friday, Otto explained that they will continue holding protests in the confines of the law as provided for in their rights and duty as citizens of Uganda enshrined in Article 1, 2, 3, 4 and Chapter 4 of the constitution.


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Ambrose Ocen Kibuka, one of the masterminds of the protests called upon the rest of the country to rally support and resist the proposed scrapping of article 102 (b), which restricts presidential age between 35 and 75 years of age.

 
He warns that removing the presidential age limit will mark the death of Uganda.


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The group has marked every Thursday to conduct its civic activities across Lango sub region including meetings and rallies.

 
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Speaking in his native Lango language, Tonny Atepo, a youth activist, said they will not stop the demonstration as long as MPs and government want to trample on their rights to contribute to the governance of the country.

Atepo says as youths, they have faced enough problems under president, Yoweri Museveni's regime and any attempts to extend his stay in power longer is an abuse to them that must be resisted by all Ugandans.

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.