Kitgum Clerics: MPs Divided Nation By Lifting Presidential Age Limit

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According to Rev. Odong, Parliament defeated the essence of Christmas by engaging in bribery in, which billions of Shillings was spent on consultations and bribing MPs to pass the controversial bills. He urged Christians not to emulate the immoral behavior of parliament during Christmas festivities.

Rev. Canon Robinson Oginga Odinga, the vicar of St. Janani Luwum Kitgum Town Parish has criticised parliament for passing two unpopular legislations. 



According to Reverend Oginga Odinga, it was wrong for parliament to ignore the voices of the masses and approve the lifting of the presidential age limit and also extend their tenure of service from five to seven years.

 
Delivering his Christmas sermon, Rev. Oginga said Parliament further violated the principle of national unity by extending their tenure of office. He urged Christians to pray and fast for forgiveness of the MPs who pushed the controversial amendments through parliaments. 
 
The clergy backed up his plea for national unity with a quotation from Luke Chapter 2 verses 14 in, which he said Christ came to foster unity and love among God's people.
 
The Vicar of All Saints Church, the seat of the Anglican diocese of Kitgum, Rev. Amitayo Odong described events in parliament as immoral. He said it was immoral for Parliament to disregard the voices of the people around Christmas.

 
According to Rev. Odong, Parliament defeated the essence of Christmas by engaging in bribery in, which billions of Shillings was spent on consultations and bribing MPs to pass the controversial bills. He urged Christians not to emulate the immoral behavior of parliament during Christmas festivities.

 
Kitgum Municipality Member of Parliament Beatrice Atim Anywar shocked the nation by voting yes to lifting of the presidential age limit against the will of her electorates who overwhelmingly rejected it during consultations. She says she changed her mind after term limits got integrated into the bill.

 
A survey conducted by civil society organizations found that 85 per cent of Ugandans didn't support the constitutional amendment, which controversially lifted the presidential age cap. The study, titled: 'Citizen's Perceptions on the Proposed Amendment of Article 102(b) of the Constitution' was commissioned by Citizens Coalition on Electoral Democracy (CEEDU) and Uganda Governance Monitoring Platform (UGMP). 
 
It sampled 50,429 citizens in 80 constituencies across the country covering 22,926 females and 27,503 male respondents.
 

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.