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Kotido District Councillors Disagree On Age Limit Removal

In the meeting, held on Tuesday at the Youth Centre in Kotido town, six councillors voted to reject the proposed amendment while nine abstained. Those who rejected the proposal, brought as a private members bill by Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi, vowed to protect, preserve and defend the constitution.

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Kotido District Council is yet to take a definite stand on the proposed scrapping of the presidential age limit from the constitution.

A consultative meeting with the district councillors organised by Jie County Member of Parliament, Adome Moses Bildard, produced mixed results.

In the meeting, held on Tuesday at the Youth Centre in Kotido town, six councillors voted to reject the proposed amendment while nine abstained.

Those who rejected the proposal, brought as a private member's bill by Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi, vowed to protect, preserve and defend the constitution. The bill, tabled last month, seeks to among others repeal Article 102(b) from the constitution.

Once approved, this proposal will remove the upper ceiling of 75 years for a person standing for president of Uganda. Many observers say it will pave way for President Yoweri Museveni to seek re-election in 2021 when he will be above 75 years.

Those who voted against the proposed amendment include Julius Locheng Lotyakatau, the Speaker Kotido District Council, his deputy Timothy Lokawa, and councillors Alex Menya, Rose Namoe Chilla, Gertrude Naibok and Emmanuel Lodio.

In their submissions, the councillors noted that there are many capable leaders within the ruling NRM party who can steer the country, saying there is no need to amend the constitution.

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The councillors also demanded to meet the president to engage him face to face. Adome pledged to arrange for the said meeting.

Earlier, the elders and the youth voted overwhelmingly to reject the proposal to remove the age limit from the constitution. Eighty-four elders voted against the bill. Only 4 voted for the bill.

Members of Parliament are currently consulting in their constituencies seeking people's views on the now controversial bill currently being scrutinized by Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee.

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