Age Limit: NRM, Opposition MPs Speak out on Failed Motion

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Lilly Adong, the Nwoya Woman MP, says the opposition was right to stall debate on the motion, since they were caught unaware.

Members of parliament in favor of the proposed scrapping of the presidential age limit have asked the Speaker to take tough action against their colleagues opposed to the move for disrupting parliament.

 
It came after the Speaker of Parliament; Rebecca Kadaga adjourned the house on Tuesday evening following disruptions from legislators opposed to the motion, which seeks to scrap article 102 (b) of the constitution that caps the president's age 75 years.

 
The legislators rose up and sang the national anthem nonstop in the chambers to block the Igara East MP, Raphael Magyezi from tabling his motion seeking leave of parliament to present a private member's bill pushing for the removal of the presidential age limit.
 
 
The speaker attempted to call the house to order in vain prompting her to adjourn the sitting to 2pm today. Now, those in favor of the motion, mostly NRM legislators, want the Speaker to take tough action against their colleagues for stalling parliamentary business.


The Kassanda MP, Simeo Nsubuga, the Kakumiro Woman MP, Robinah Nabbanja Robinah and their Burahya counterpart, Margaret Muhangi, say their opposition colleagues broke the decorum of the house.
 

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However, those opposed to the motion, say they will not give up the fight against the motion, saying they were ambushed since the motion didn't initially appear on the order paper. 



Hassan Kaps Fungaroo, the Obongi County MP and his Kampala Central counterpart, Muhammad Nsereko, say the opposition did a commendable work in stopping the debate.
 
 
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Lilly Adong, the Nwoya Woman MP, says the opposition was right to stall debate on the motion, since they were caught unaware. 



She says many MPs were away because they didn't know what was to happen in the house. 
 
She says it's unfortunate that the presidential age limit debate started as a rumor and is now before Parliament.


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