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Suspended MPs Return, Vow to Continue Protests

Members of Parliament opposed to lifting of the presidential age limit say they will continue with their protests as they return to parliament.
MPs opposed to lifting presidential age limit dressed in red

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Members of Parliament opposed to lifting of the presidential age limit say they will continue with their protests as they return to parliament.

The 24 Members of Parliament who officially return following a suspension for three sittings of the house last week, today came clad in red attire to show protest and dissatisfaction following their eviction from the house.

On Wednesday, September 27th, plain clothed security personnel stormed parliament and evicted several legislators who had been suspended by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga for stirring chaos in the house in an attempt to block Raphael Magyezi, the Igara West MP from moving a motion proposing the scrapping of the presidential age limit.

Article 102(b) states 35 and 75 as minimum and maximum age for a person standing for president.  

During the raid, some of the MPs such as Francis Zaake for Mityana Municipality and Angeline Osegge, the Soroti Woman MP sustained injuries and were rushed to hospital. Hours after the suspensions, Magyezi successfully presented the motion followed by the bill on Tuesday this week. The bill is now before the Legal and Parliamentary affairs committee.

Today, as the suspension period ended, Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda, the Opposition Chief Whip noted that since the Speaker was against the head gear, they have decided to put on red clothes. He says this is meant to show the regime that it is not brutality that is needed but democracy.

He says by throwing them out of the house, the Speaker has not resolved the debate on age limit.

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Florence Namayanja, the MP Bukoto East said that the way the bill was tabled can be challenged, as Parliament had agreed on a constitution review commission, and also the fact that amendments shouldn't come in piece meal. She says as MPs opposed to lifting of the age limit, they are starting from where they stopped.

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Paul Lutamaguzi, the Nakaseke South MP said that they are mobilising members of the public to dress in red, adding that even if it looks like they are defeated, the war is not over.

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The MPs return at the time Parliament is adjourned until further notice.

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