Andrew Karamagi, an activist said its a shame that Museveni has hanged on for over 30 years, given the fact that most of the youths in the country were not even born when he took over power.
The youths during a press conference at Parliament
Youths activists from several political parties and civil society have embarked on a campaign against the removal of the presidential age limit from the constitution.
Led by Anna Adeke, the National Youth Member of parliament, the Youth activists, say they will traverse the entire country to campaign against the removal of the age limit and also celebrate President, Yoweri Museveni's age, saying it is time for the youths to take charge.
Addressing journalists at parliament this afternoon, Adeke said amending article 102(b) of the 1995 constitution, which sets a limit on the age of the president, will directly disable youths from participating in the country's leadership.
Armed with newspaper cuttings where Museveni was quoted saying he would retire in 2006, the activists, said they can't trust the president and Government on the matter. Adeke said their intention is to protect the integrity of the country's constitution.
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Andrew Karamagi, an activist said it's a shame that Museveni has hanged on for over 30 years, given the fact that most of the youths in the country were not even born when he took over power.
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According to Karamagi, they intend to hold campaign rallies across the country and talk to youth leaders against the move to remove the presidential age limit, adding that they will release their detailed plan next week.
Brian Atuhaire, an FDC youth leader, says they can't take the government statements at their face value given the contradicting utterances by several ministers on the matter.
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Recently, reports emerged that a section of National Resistance Movement - NRM legislators has mooted a plan to amend article 102(b) of the 1995 constitution and that the constitutional amendment bill on the same has already been gazetted.
Under the current provision in article 102(b) of the 1995 constitution, President Museveni would not be eligible to contest for the seat. Born in 1944 and in power since 1986, Museveni will hit the limit before the next presidential election.
Article 102(b) states that a person is qualified for election as President if that person is not less than 35 years and not more than 75 years.
President Museveni will be 73 this year and 77 in 2021. On Tuesday, the speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga restrained legislators from discussing the matter, since nobody has tabled the said bill in parliament.
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