Wednesday, July 12, 2017

#Uganda #AgeLimit changing of constitution - Anti-#Museveni posters plastered in Kampala


Unidentified people have pasted posters on several streets in Kampala denouncing the move to lift the presidential age limit from the Constitution.
This morning, Kampala residents woke up to the anti-presidential age limit removal posters plastered on pavements, walls and electricity polls among others, setting a new tactic.

It is not yet clear who could have planted the posters overnight, but the spread of the posters is testament to a sizeable group that worked for hours in many places.
The poster has a photograph of President Yoweri Museveni, clad in a deep blue suit with his trademark hat and yellow tie taking the presidential oath while holding a Bible in his raised right hand.

On the top of the poster are printed in red the words "Youth Against Dictatorship". At the bottom of the poster are the words "Say Yes to Age Limit" in dripping red colour. 
While taking the presidential oath, the president swears to, among other things, uphold and defend the Constitution. Scores of school children and people commuting to work could be seen reading and debating the posters. Some of the areas where the posters have been pasted are Kamwokya, Mulago, Wandegeya and the City Centre.

Ever since reports filtered in that the government has gazetted the Constitution (Amendment) Bill that contains an amendment of Article 102(b) of the Constitution that pegs the upper presidential age limit at 75 years, an acrimonious debate ensued between those for and against. 
As it stands, President Museveni, aged 73 years now, would be ineligible to stand in the 2021 presidential elections because he would be above 75 years, a situation some of his supporters do not want.

Immediately, it emerged that there could be an attempt to remove the presidential age limit from the Constitution, those on opposing sides started using the mainstream media, social media, telephones and emails to reach out to members of parliament who are expected to debate the amendments.

Both sides have also been reaching out to members of the general public via social media, emails and text messages amongst others. When contacted for a comment, Makerere University political historian, Prof Mwambutsya Ndebesa, says pasting of the posters is indicative of the extent to which, those for and against the lifting of the presidential age limit are willing to go.

Prof Ndebesa says anything that happens to Article 102(b) would constitute a big political turning point of the last three decades, adding that its removal, if at all, will reverberate for decades ahead.
Using the analogy of throwing a stone in the bush to see what may come out, Prof Ndebesa, says the powers that be most likely want to gauge public opinion on the issue in order to determine whether or not to amend the article.

According to Prof Ndebesa, President Museveni should come out clean and state whether he is personally interested in another term or not, adding that hiding behind what his party decides or what the Constitution says is devious.
Prof Ndebesa argues that claiming to go by the Constitution, especially when amended, smacks of double standards, adding that the proper way is to defend the Constitution as is.

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga yesterday stopped MPs from debating the issue saying no bill to that effect has been tabled by government yet.
THE OBSERVER

Age limit: Anti-Museveni posters plastered in Kampala

Unidentified people have pasted posters on several streets in Kampala denouncing the move to lift the presidential age limit from the Constitution. This morning, Kampala residents woke up to the anti-presidential age limit removal posters plastered on pavements, walls and electricity polls among others, setting a new tactic.
KAMPALA- Youth groups belonging to various political parties have joined a campaign against the looming lifting of age limit for presidential candidates from the Constitution of Uganda.
In Kampala City, three members of the National Resistance Movement Youth League, who had assembled for a press conference at Makerere University to rally against the amendment of Article 102 (b) to scrap the current 75 years ceiling for presidential candidates, were arrested by police before they could address journalists.
Mr Robert Rutaro, the head of the NRM Youth Desk and former Makerere University guild president, and two of his colleagues were detained at Wandegeya Police Station for holding an unlawful assembly.
The Officer-in-Charge of Makerere University Police post, Mr Denis Kasibante, said the trio will be charged with holding an unlawful assembly.
“They didn’t notify the police about their meeting as the law on public order management stipulates,” Mr Kasibante said.
Protests against the lifting oof the age limit started after government published proposals for Constitution amendments in the Uganda Gazette recently.
While in Parliament on Tuesday, the Deputy Attorney General, Mr Mwesigwa Rukutana denied the plot to scrap age limit for presidential candidates from the Constitution.  As the police arrested the youth at Makerere University, another group of youth from the Conservative Party, Democratic Party and the Forum for Democratic Change appointed Ms Anna Adeke, the national Female Youth MP, to head a youth campaign against the lifting of the age limit.
The campaign has been dubbed Inchi Yetu (Our Country).
Ms Adeke said they [youth] have agreed to protect the presidential age limit in the Constitution.
“The Constitution must be a durable document whose provisions can stand the test of time and should only be amended in pursuit of a better constitutional order,” Ms Adeke said. “In the case of Uganda, the presidential terms limits, which barred a person from serving as president for longer than two consecutive terms, was removed before it could be tested.”
In Arua Municipality, a group of youth from different political parties refuted claims made by their legislator, Mr Ibrahim Abiriga that his constituents want the presidential age limit to be lifted.
Mr Abiriga is one of the MPs fronting the scheme.
One of the group leaders Mr Fadhil Lemeriga, the chairman of Democratic Party in Arua Municipality, said Mr Abiriga’s views do reflect those of his constituents.
“Ugandans must know that tempering with the Constitution can lead to anything. It can still lead us to 1966 crisis which led to coups and wars,” Mr Lemeriga said.
The plot to lift the age limit for presidential candidates is seen as a ploy to allow President Yoweri Museveni, who is about to clock 73 years, to contest in 2021 at the age of 76. 
DAILY MONITOR


Youth groups join campaign against plot to scrap age limit

Wednesday July 12 2017 Advertisement By Moses Kyeyune, Clement Aluma and Ritah Kemigisa KAMPALA- Youth groups belonging to various political parties have joined a campaign against the looming lifting of age limit for presidential candidates from the Constitution of Uganda.

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