The Local Government Minister and Igara West Member of Parliament Raphael
Magyezi will not seek re-election in the 2021 elections.
Speaking to Uganda Radio
Network on Saturday, Magyezi said he is taking a rest from elective politics
after 10 years but could return in the future.
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Magyezi’s announcement comes two days after Kasambya County MP
Gafa Mbwatekamwa said that he was shifting his political base to Igara County
West to contest against Magyezi.
The MP, who has represented Kasambya County in Mubende since 2016,
was born and raised in Gongo village in Igara, Bushenyi District. Last week, he
picked nomination forms from the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party
to contest for the seat where he is already a registered voter.
However, Magyezi denied reports that he had quit the race for fear
of losing the seat to Mbwatekamwa.
"You who are reporting that I have quit the race
because of pressur... where do you get that from? have not been
nominated anywhere, I have not made posters and nobody has been nominated yet,
my statement is clear, I am not going to stand for elections this time".
In 2017, Magyezi became popular when he sponsored the Private Member's Bill
that was passed to remove the presidential age limit. The Amendment was later
this year upheld by the Constitutional Court ruling that approved Parliament's
passing of the Constitutional (Amendment) No.2 Act of 2017.
Since his involvement in the ‘Age Limit Bill', Magyezi has on several occasions
spoken out about threats on his life. He said then that he was receiving threatening
messages on his phone.
Abel Mugabe, an NRM supporter said that Magyezi’s decision to quit
at a time when the country is preparing for elections leaves many questions
than answers. He says Magyezi has not given a definite reason to quit elective
In 2019, Magyezi was appointed Minister of Local Government, an appointment
which some members of opposition said was a token of appreciation for his role
in amending the constitution.