Age Limit: Muntu Meets Opposition MPs, Justifies Tuesday Actions

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Retired Major-General Mugisha Muntu has justified actions taken by Members of Parliament opposed to the lifting of the presidential age limits.

Retired Major-General Mugisha Muntu has justified actions taken by Members of Parliament opposed to the lifting of the presidential age limits.
         
Muntu who is currently seeking re-election as Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party president this morning engaged the Opposition MPs in a closed-door meeting at the Office of the Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza.
 
This was after he separately met the Leader of Opposition.
 
"I know for sure that our members much as they are the minority, if there was free space within which to express themselves, they wouldn't have been drawn into the actions that they got drawn in," said Muntu while speaking to URN after the door meeting.
 
He justified the MPs' behaviour as one that has been prompted by what he described as undemocratic practices in the country which make it very difficult to practice democracy within and outside parliament.
 
"The regime has compromised the space in which there would be free participation and I think that is what exactly led to what happened yesterday," he said.
 
Muntu explained that the main intention of the Opposition MPs is to draw the attention of the public towards the issue at hand.
 
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Muntu says that currently, the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party is acting out of arrogance, using the power of the army, of the police and intelligence services simply to repress the population which he says is unfortunate.
 
Asked whether the opposition can sustain their approach to the proposed motion, Muntu said the MPs are bold and committed to the country and know the mission they are at.
 
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He however declined to reveal the deliberations from his meeting with Opposition MPs. The meeting comes ahead of a possible showdown this afternoon over a motion seeking to lift the presidential age limits from the constitution.
 
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga on Tuesday adjourned the plenary to today amidst chaos as opposition MPs sought to block Igara East MP Raphael Magyezi from presenting the motion. Magyezi's motion is to seek leave of parliament to draft a constitution amendment bill that could see Article 102(b) of the constitution repealed to remove presidential age limits.
 
Under the current provision, one has to be at least 35 years and not more than 75 years to stand for president.
 
 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.