More MPs are coming up to express support for the lifting of the presidential age limit to allow Uganda’s three-decade ruler Yoweri Museveni seek reelection in 2021 when the east African nation next goes to the polls.
Born in 1944, Museveni will not be eligible for reelection unless article 102b of Uganda’s constitution is removed.
The article bars anyone below age 35 and over 75 to stand for president.
By 2021, Museveni, who has been in power since 1986, will be just over 76.
But some members of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party led by Museveni advisor David Mafabi on Tuesday resolved to start popularising a move to remove the age limit.
One of the people who have come out to openly support the popularisation is Nyabushozi MP Col Fred Mwesigye.
Mwesigye told reporters in Kampala on Tuesday that it was prudent to discuss the age limit amendment.
“The age limit bill has not yet come out but there is no harm in discussing it openly. It is good that we talk about it now so that when it comes, the people are mobilized enough to give their opinion.”
He then explained why he supports the removal of the age limit.
“We have seen leaders as young as 18 and in some countries there are those aged 92 and they are all doing just fine. The question therefore should be whether or not this person is performing.”