Monica Amoding, the Only NRM MP Who Rejected Museveni Age Limit Removal

Uganda’s ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) MPs have overwhelmingly voted to remove the age limit clause in the country’s constitution to allow three-decade president Yoweri Museveni rule for life.

In a meeting, which members had initially been told was a consultative meeting, MPs met Tuesday at Parliament’s Conference Hall A and 246 MPs voted on whether to remove the age limit or not.

Of the 246 NRM MPs that attended the meeting, only one MP, Kumi woman representative Monica Amoding, rejected the motion moved by Kyaka MP Jackson Rwakafuzi.

Amoding complained that she had come to the meeting unaware of its agenda.

She would later walk out of the meeting when the MPs decided to vote on the matter.

The vocal MP first came to Parliament in 2011 as the national female youth MP. She was since been vocal on youth and women issues.

Article 102b of the constitution provides for the upper presidential age limit, barring anyone age 75 and above to contest for the country’s top seat.

Born in 1944, Museveni will be ineligible to stand for president since he will be over 75.

But the backing from the NRM MPs, majority in Parliament, forecast the age limit removal.

In 2005, MPs used the tyranny of numbers to remove the term limit clause to allow Museveni stand for president after serving the mandatory two terms.

Samuel Kamugisha