In 2017, 317 members of parliament mainly from the NRM voted to amend the constitution to allow Museveni who will be 76 in 2021 to contest for the 6th elective term as president. Prior to its amendment, article 102(b) of the constitution restricted persons vying for presidency to between 35 and 75 years of age.
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga
of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has asked the National Resistance Movement party
to recognize her efforts in amending the constitution in 2017 by re-electing
her as the 2nd National Vice Chairman.
Speaking Tuesday at State House
Entebbe where members of the Central Executive Committee [CEC] were vetting
candidates who sought positions on the second-highest policy organ of the
party, Kadaga said she facilitated the amendment of the constitution under very
strenuous circumstances, for which she deserves a reward.
difficult circumstances, I facilitated the amendment of the constitution under
article 102 to enable continuity of the NRM ideology, but most
importantly our national chairperson to continue leading the country after the
end of the present term. I have demonstrated my commitment to the party
throughout…I have enacted all the necessary legislation and I have been
available for work in the party throughout,” Kadaga said.
In 2017, 317 members
of parliament mainly from NRM voted to amend the constitution to allow
Museveni who will be 76 in 2021 to contest for his 6th
elective term as president. Prior to its amendment article 102(b) barred anyone from contesting for the presidency unless they were between 35 and 75 years of age.
This automatically would have
disqualified President Yoweri Museveni from contesting again. The process of
amending the constitution was so contested that members of the Special Force
Command invaded parliament and beat up MPs who had in the past foiled a debate
on the amendment by making noise eclipsing the speaker and other members in favour of the motion.
Two MPs, Betty Bakireke Nambooze of Mukono municipality
and Francis Zaake of Miyana municipality until now are nursing injuries occasioned
on them by the security forces. When eventually the bill was passed and the
president assented to it, a number of people ran to the constitutional court
that upheld the amendment as legal, although they struck out provisions that related
to the extension of the term of office for members of parliament from five to
Dissatisfied, some petitioners ran to the Supreme Court which also
upheld the ruling of the Constitutional Court.
“I want to
urge the NRM members to take into account my contribution and do the needful,”
In the race, Kadaga, the woman MP for Kamuli district is with State Minister for Lands Persis Namuganza who used her
time to say that time is up for oldies in the party. Namuganza said the
challenges facing the NRM like the youth wave that is blowing across the
country needs a fellow youth like herself.
She said that the fact that
opposition MPs like Betty Nambooze and Cecilia Ogwal have expressed a preference
for Kadaga is testimony that they don’t like a strong person who will finish
stay in power like NRM but to do so, we must have continuous recruitment more
so of the young people,” Namuganza said.
Also in the
race is Deborah Kyazike Kinobe, the former LCV chairperson of Mityana district
and Amongin Jane Frances Okiri.