Ten Members to Miss ‘Age Limit' Meeting at State House

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Two of the committee members, Mathias Mpuuga and Medard Lubega Seggona are opposed to the meeting which they believe will be more of a lecture than an interaction. Other committee members, among them Muhammad Nsereko, Hamson Obua, Monica Amoding, Anna Adeke and Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda are out of the country. A number of them are attending the EAC Inter-Parliamentary Games in Dares salaam, Tanzania.

More than ten members of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of parliament will not attend a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni to be held later today.

Members of the committee are due to meet president Museveni over the proposal to amend the Presidential age limit currently capped at 75. The meeting is taking place at State House, Entebbe.

However, two of the committee members, Mathias Mpuuga and Medard Lubega Seggona are opposed to the meeting which they believe will be more of a lecture than an interaction. They add that president Museveni, as the sole beneficiary of the proposed amendment, is capable of compromising members.

Other committee members, among them Muhammad Nsereko, Hamson Obua, Monica Amoding, Anna Adeke and Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda are out of the country. A number of them are attending the EAC Inter-Parliamentary Games in Dares salaam, Tanzania.

URN has learnt that only 18 out of the 29 members of the committee are part of the delegation to Entebbe. The delegation also includes six newly elected legislators who were recently designated to the committee by the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party.

Among them are Rubanda Woman MP Prossy Akampurira Mbabazi, Kaabong Woman MP Rose Lilly Akello, Iganga Woman MP Brenda Asinde Ssuubi, and Rukiga Woman MP Caroline Kamusiime.

But Masaka municipality Member of Parliament Mathias Mpuuga says it's unfortunate that a meeting with the president was set up in the absence of members, whose duties out of the country were sanctioned by Parliament.
 
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Similarly, Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo says the presence of a sizeable number of members who have not been part of the process is unrealistic.
 
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 Busiro East MP Medard Lubega Seggona says that meeting President Museveni could end up intoxicating members.

 
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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.