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Age Limit: Mixed Reactions as Debate is Deferred

Simeo Nsubuga, the Kassanda County South and Robinah Nabbanja, the Kakumiro Woman MP, say they will embark on a massive mobilization campaign to push for the scrapping of the presidential age limit.

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The postponement of the debate on the proposal to lift the presidential age limit has drawn mixed reactions from members of parliament. Those opposed to the proposal describe the postponement as victory while those in favor say it's a move forward.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, postponed the Presidential age limit debate, saying they need more time to consult on the motion.  He promised to inform parliament next week on their next course of action.

The Igara West Member of Parliament, Raphael Magyezi was expected to table motion in parliament today seeking to scrap article 102 (b) of the constitution, which restricts the presidents age to between 35 and 75 years.

URN spoke to several MPs following the postponement of debate on the matter. Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak North MP, Mubarak Munyagwa, Kawempe North and Amuru Woman MP,Lucy Akello described the postponement as victory.

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But those in favor of the proposal say they are okay with the postponement, saying it's a win win situation. The Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa, says they will continue mobilizing, adding that the turn up of members today shows progress.

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Simeo Nsubuga, the Kassanda County South and Robinah Nabbanja, the Kakumiro Woman MP, say they will embark on a massive mobilization campaign to push for the scrapping of the presidential age limit.

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David Abala, the Ngora county MP asks his colleagues to think about Ugandans and their safety while discussing the matter.

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The proposed amendment has generated a lot of anxiety leading to protests in various parts of the country involving those in support and those against the move. 

More than 20 activists are in police custody for their involvement in the anti-presidential age limit removal protests.  Four MPs have also recorded statements with police for allegedly inciting violence in relation to the same matter.

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