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‘Rebel' MPs Ejected From NRM Caucus Meeting :: Uganda Radionetwork
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‘Rebel' MPs Ejected From NRM Caucus Meeting

The MPs are among those who have openly opposed the amendment of article 102 b of the constitution to lift the 75-year cap on the presidential age. They had joined their counterparts in the party to discuss a strategy on how to handle impending consultative meetings on the proposed amendment.

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Five members of the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party were today evicted from the party's caucus meeting sitting at the Office of the Prime Minister.

The ejected legislators include Theodore Ssekikubo, Barnabas Tinkasimire, Patrick Nsamba Oshabe, Gaffa Mbwatekamwa, John Baptist Nambetsye and Sylvia Rwabwogo.

The MPs are among those who have openly opposed the amendment of article 102 (b) of the constitution to lift the 75-year cap on the presidential age.   They had joined their counterparts in the party to discuss a strategy on how to handle impending consultative meetings on the proposed amendment.

However, Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa objected to their attendance and asked saying that they are irrelevant for a meeting that was discussing modalities of popularizing the age limit bill. Upon her, objection, President Yoweri Museveni, the chairman of the ruling NRM party asked them to vacate the meeting.

They were joined in the walkout by Maracha East MP James Acidri and Kinkizi West MP James Kaberuka who thought that the action taken was not right.

Last week, the ejected MPs wrote a letter to President Museveni demanding that he distances himself from the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill that seeks to lift the presidential age limit.  If amended, the move would eliminate the last hurdle for President Yoweri Museveni to seek reelection when his term of office ends in 2021. He is now aged 73, and would not be eligible for another term of office.

Speaking to journalists at parliament, Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo condemned the act and asserted that every sense of reason had now left the party. Ssekikubo noted that the president whom he had known for being tolerant and engaging all shades of opinion was now engaging in acts that were treacherous to the party and the country.

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Buyaga west MP Barnabas Tinkasimire said that the president was arbitrarily running the party the country. “They are planning to loot this country inside that caucus.” Tinkasimire alleged.

Displaying a copy of the NRM manifesto, he noted that instead of implementing his promises the president was abrogating the constitution to remain in power. He stated that 30 years was enough for a president to make an impact.

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Kabarole Woman MP Sylvia Rwabwogo said the ejection was absurd that they could not be allowed to share with the President the views of Ugandans who think that the age limits should not be lifted.

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