Moroto Residents Back IRCU Call for Referendum

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George Otyang, a resident of Singila in Moroto town, says MPs should restrain from fronting their personal interests at the voters expense.

A number of voters in Moroto have backed a proposal by the Inter Religious Council of Uganda-IRCU calling for a referendum on the presidential age limit.

 
They argue that the discussion on the presidential age limit shouldn't remain at parliament citing possible compromise of legislators on the matter. 


 
They are particularly concerned that the NRM caucus and cabinet have already endorsed the proposed amendment of Article 102 [b] of the constitution, which restricts the presidential age between 35 and 75 years. 



The move is widely seen as an attempt by the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party to pave way for President Yoweri Museveni to be on the 2021 ballot after clocking 75 years of age.

 
John Teko, a youth in Campswahili in Moroto Municipality, says the proposed presidential age limit amendment, like the term limit, are very sensitive areas that should be decided by all Ugandans.

 
He says allowing all Ugandans to decide on this matter saves all from counter accusations and tension in the country.

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George Otyang, a resident of Singila in Moroto town, says MPs should restrain from fronting their personal interests at the voter's expense. He wants the MPs to consults with their electorate before discussing the proposed amendment since it affects all Ugandans.


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Martin Odongo, an elder in Katanga says tempering with Article 102 [b] might plunge the country into chaos.
 
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According to Helen Kiyai, the Moroto District Female Youth councilor, says youth should be given an opportunity to decide for the country through a referendum. 
 
On Tuesday, MPs opposed to the proposed amendment caused chaos in the parliament prompting the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga to adjourn the house to this afternoon.
 
The Igara East MP, Raphael Magyezi is expected to president his motion seeking leave of parliament to draft and present a private member's bill seeking the scrapping of article 102 (b) from the constitution.
 
 

 

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