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Masindi District Council Votes Against Age Limit Removal

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Hakim Kabagambe, a resident of civic ward in Masindi municipality said this is the first time the district council has acted with an independent mind.

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Masindi district council has passed a resolution rejecting the proposed scrapping of the presidential age limit. The Masindi District Youth Councilor, Joseph Wamani moved the motion to reject the proposal in a fully packed council on Wednesday.

In his motion, Wamani said there was need to reject attempts to delete article 102 (b) of the constitution, which caps the president's age at 75 years. He argued that deleting the provision would mean creating a life presidency in the country, which undermines the true ideals of democracy.

The Masindi District Council Speaker, Moses Kiirya put the matter to a secret ballot. 16 of the 21 members of the councilor voted in favor of the motion. Four councilors abstained, saying they need time to consult while one councilor didn't attend the council meeting.

Moses Kiirya, the Masindi district speaker declaring results of the vote.

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There was a heated exchange between the councilors and Kiirya before he subjected the motion to a vote.  It all started when the speaker tried to stay the motion to consult and wait for the outcomes of the consultations by the legislators.

The councilors rejected the proposal, saying they can't do a postmortem and don't need time to consult since they spend most of their time with their electorate.

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Fredrick Banage, a resident of Karujubu Division in Masindi municipality welcomed the resolution of the councilors and asked other districts to follow suit.

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Hakim Kabagambe, a resident of civic ward in Masindi municipality said this is the first time the district council has acted with an independent mind.

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Masindi becomes the second district after Bukedea to pass a resolution on the proposed constitution amendment. Unlike Masindi, Bukedea district council voted in favor of the proposed amendment drawing angry reactions from pro-democracy activists and residents. 

Recently, the Igara West MP, Raphael Magezi movement tabled the Constitution (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2017 on the floor of parliament. The bill is before the Legal and Parliamentary affairs committee for scrutiny.

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