NRM MPs Pass Motion to Remove Age Limit, Endorse Museveni Life Presidency

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

The MPs met Tuesday at Parliament’s Conference Hall A and 246 MPs voted on whether to remove the age limit or not.

Kyaka MP Jackson Rwakafuzi moved the motion and 245 of the 246 MPs voted in favour of age limit removal.

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