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Parliament to Debate Age Limit on Thursday

Oulanyah says he spoke to the speaker, Rebecca Kadaga on Monday morning on the motion and received a copy of the motion the same day in the evening signed by three legislators.

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Parliament will discuss a motion on the presidential age limit on Thursday this week.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, says he received a notice from a Member of Parliament requesting to present a motion to the house to make some recommendations to Government on the presidential age limit.

 

Oulanyah says he spoke to the speaker, Rebecca Kadaga on Monday morning on the motion and received a copy of the motion the same day in the evening signed by three legislators.  He says a second notice of motion was presented to the speaker from another member of the house this morning on the same.

 

However, Oualnyah says all the motions relating to the age limit debate will not come to the floor of parliament until when he meets the Speaker to discuss the notices on Thursday morning.

 

He says if need be, the business committee will be given time to meet and handle the matter. Oulanyah, however, says the motions will be included on the order paper if it is decided by the authority of the speaker. He cautions legislators against exciting the public on the matter.

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Last week, about 240 MPs aligned to the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party endorsed a proposal to repeal article 102 (b), which restricts the presidential age to be between 35 and 75 years of age.

 

  

 

The move is aimed at paving way for President Museveni to seek another term of office since he will be 75 years of age in 2021.

 

On Friday last week, cabinet also endorsed a proposal by the Igara West MP, Raphael Magyezi to table a private member's bill on the floor of parliament on the matter.

 

 

The debate on the presidential age limit has raised concern across the country leading to protests by a section of Ugandans against the proposed amendment.

 

On Monday, police picked up 14 youth activists belonging to group dubbed The Alternatives for staging protests against the proposal. 

Police has also summoned four legislators including

Muhammad Nsereko, Barnabas Tinkasimire, Theodore Ssekikubo and Allan Ssewanyana for allegedly inciting violence.

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