Kassanda South MP Simeo Nsubuga’s appeal to Uganda’s Parliament to have his security beefed up after he was roughed up by a youth have been met with cold resistance from Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah and several opposition MPs.
Nsubuga has openly come up to support a scheme to delete Article 102b of Uganda’s Constitution that bars everyone below 35 and those over 75 from standing for president.
Born in 1944, Museveni will be over 75 and ineligible for reelection when Uganda next goes to the polls in 2021.
Museveni has termed as “nonsense” and a wastage of time the debate on the age limit amendment.
But a group of MPs, including former Uganda Police publicist Simeo Nsubuga, have continued to market the age limit removal idea to the annoyance of some Ugandans desperate for a peaceful transfer of power from Museveni.
Nsubuga recently asked for police guards, arguing that he and other age limit removal campaigners were being targeted.
The MP was roughed up Monday by by a one William Ntege aka Kyuma Kya Yesu as he (Nsubuga) moved with other dignitaries to prostrate before the king during the 24th coronation of Buganda King, Kabaka Muwenda Mutebi II in Mubende district.
On Tuesday, he told Parliament: “The journalist that attacked me is now in Police custody, but we need security.”
But Rubaga North Member of Parliament Moses Kasibante took on Nsubuga: “ The matter he is raising is not a matter of national importance, because it is about him [Nsubuga].”
Oulanyah would later advise Nsubuga: “Please don’t go spreading things, that are not yet with you, avoid debating in anticipation… Leave the drama for national theatre opposite us, we are in Parliament.”