Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party strong woman Ingrid Turinawe is being accused of threatening junior Investment and Privatization Eveyln Anite over the controversial presidential age limit amendment.
The rumoured amendment proposal seeks to remove article 102b of Uganda’s constitution to allow Uganda’s three-decade ruler Yoweri Museveni to contest for reelection when the third world east African nation goes to the polls in 2021.
Born in 1944, Museveni who took power in 1986, will not be eligible for reelection in 2021. He will be over 75 years of age – and age at which one is not allowed to stand for president according to the constitution.
Even when some members of his ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party on Tuesday started a campaign to popularise the age limit removal, Museveni on Wednesday said the debate on the same was wastage of time and‘nonsense’.
After Museveni spoke to reporters at State House Entebbe, Anite, who moved Museveni’s sole candidature motion in the NRM in the last election, told the press that the opposition were provoking the NRM and threatening them over the age limit.
“There’s a lot of provocation going on by the Opposition and it is led by Ingrid Turinawe. They intimidated and threatened us and we had to respond because we are not cowards,” Anite said.
“We have responded and told them that this age limit debate hasn’t come up yet therefore it is premature to pronounce ourselves. There are democratic structures for a leader to take power in Uganda,” Anite added.
She accused Turinawe of threatening her family.
“Ingrid Turinawe and her group created a social media and have been threatening us. Personally, they have threatened me and my family. But I am not afraid. If they hit at me, I will hit back.”
“If you disagree with me, I don’t have to agree with you and you don’t have to threaten me. They forget that we have their numbers.”