He termed the removing of presidential age limit as greed and raping of the constitution by selfish personalities adding that this is among the key items in his manifestos and what his leadership seeks to address.
FDC supporters in Gulu City during a visit by Patrick Oboi Amuriat. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara
Presidential Candidate Patrick Oboi Amuriat has pledged to
restore the presidential age limit in the Ugandan constitution once elected
President of Uganda.
The FDC candidate Amuriat disclosed that his government will use all powers
within its means to ensure that the age limit is restored.
He termed the removing of presidential age limit as greed
and raping of the constitution by selfish personalities adding that this is among the key items in his manifesto and what his leadership seeks to address.
In 2018 incumbent President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni signed
into a law the Age Limit Bill that removes a presidential age limit of 75 years
from the country`s constitution.
This means that Museveni who was 73-year-old at that
time would run for presidency in the 2021 election. The 1995 Uganda Constitution previously prohibited anyone
below 35 years or older than 75 from serving as president.
The scrapping of the presidential age limit was received
with widespread condemnation from opposition politicians, religious leaders and
civil rights activists in the country. In late September 2018, members of parliament threw punches
with security personnel following a heated discussion of the plan to remove the
Now Amuriat says that this is among his biggest tasks to
ensure that presidential age limit is restored in the constitution as initially
enacted in 1995.
He was speaking to Uganda Radio Network -URN during an interview from Gulu City
ahead of his Monday 9th November 2020 manifestos launch in Soroti
Other items on the manifesto that he named include salary
increment for teachers and security forces to a minimum of one million
shillings and increased funding to local government for effective service
deliveries as well as promoting human rights.
Ambassador Wasswa Birigwa, the Head of FDC Campaign
team also told URN that they are determined to restore good leadership and give
hope to Ugandans once they topple into power.
He explained that amending the constitution to its original
form is what the electorates are yearning for.
Betty Aol Ocan, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament on
the other hand noted that FDC will use all means to win the presidential elections
and ensure that sanity is restored in the country which is currently grappling
with corruption and dictatorship.
Patrick Oola Lumumba, the Gulu City FDC Party Chairperson
noted that this time their struggle for regime change will indeed be a reality.
Amuriat is battling for the presidency alongside ten others.
They include; incumbent Yoweri Museveni Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni of the
National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine of
the National Unity Platform (NUP), Norbert Mao of Democratic Party (DP) and
Gregg Mugisha Muntu of Alliance for National Transformation (ANT).
The others are all independent candidates including; Henry
Tumukunde Kakurugu, Willy Mayambala, John Katumba, Fred Mwesigye, Nancy Kalembe
and Joseph Kabuleta. EC has set 14th January 2021 for the presidential elections.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc