Rugunda Orders Kabale NRM Official To Whip MP Sabiiti

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Rugunda said the decision by the legislator to convince his electorate to reject the proposed amendment has angered top party officials.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has directed the Kabale District National Resistance Movement-NRM party leadership to crack a whip against the Rubanda West County Member of Parliament, Engineer Denis Sabiiti for going against the party position on the presidential age limit.

He accuses the legislator for defying the party position to support the Constitutional (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2017 that was tabled by the Igara West MP, Raphael Magyezi as a private member's bill. The bill seeks among others to amend Article 102 (b) of the constitution to remove age restrictions on the person seeking to contest for presidency. 

The provision restricts the president's age to between 35 and 75years. Rugunda is currently traversing Kigezi region to popularize the proposed removal of the presidential age restriction. He is accompanied by the State Minister for Housing, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, the State Minister for Planning, David Bahati and former Information and National Guidance Minister, Jim Muhwezi.

Addressing NRM party leaders at Rubanda District Council hall on Wednesday evening, Rugunda wondered why Sabiiti decided to go against the party position on the proposed amendment. During his consultative meetings last week, Sabiiti openly asked his electorate to reject the removal of the presidential age limit.

Rugunda said the decision by the legislator to convince his electorate to reject the proposed amendment has angered top party officials. He described Sabiiti as a prodigal son who is directly fighting the success of President, Yoweri Museveni and his developmental projects.

He directed the district party leadership led by David Bahati to take appropriate action and discipline Sabiiti as a show of might of the ruling party.

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Cue out: …aretenga kuhanwa."//  

Bahati said they will convene as the NRM party leadership in Kabale district and sermon the MP for disciplinary action. 

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Cue out: …with us."//

Sabiiti later told URN that he will not go against the will of his voters who have unanimously asked him not to support the proposed scrapping of the presidential age limit.



About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.

Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.

A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.