No Money for Presidential Age Amendment -Nankabirwa

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A number of legislators are reported to be making financial demands in order to market the project to make President Yoweri Museveni eligible to contest for the presidency when his current term ends. The Ugandan constitution limits the age of the president to 75.

Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa has scoffed at National Resistance Movement (NRM) party members who are pushing for a constitutional amendment to lift presidential age limits.

A number of legislators are reported to be making financial demands in order to market the 'project' to make President Yoweri Museveni eligible to contest for the presidency when his current term ends.  The Ugandan constitution limits the age of the president to 75.

Born in 1944, President Yoweri Museveni will hit the limit before 2021, the year Uganda will hold the next presidential election.

There have been reports of negotiations between legislators and the President to fund the campaign for a resolution of parliament on the matter.  But Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa told journalists this afternoon that it would be dangerous for any legislator to approach her demanding for money to support the lifting of the age limit.

She however noted that apart from reading about the allegation in newspapers, no MP has approached her to ask for money.
 
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But Nankabirwa confirmed that there are many interested parties in the lifting of the presidential age limit which has caused excitement between those for and against the suggestion, even within the NRM party.

She however noted that the discussion on age limit is not on the party's agenda for the planned Kyankwanzi retreat.

"Constitutional amendments will have their time and correct forum for discussion. They will emanate from the minister to probably the NRM caucus for mobilization, then to cabinet and later parliament." Nankabirwa said.       
 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.