Police Summons NRM Rebel MPs Over Age Limit

Uganda Police has summoned a group of ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) rebel and party-leaning independents for allegedly inciting the public into violence against a planned move to delete the age limit clause to allow three-decade president Yoweri Museveni seek reelection beyond the age of 75.

The MPs also face offensive communication charges.

Police has written to the MPs, directing them to report to the office of media crimes office to record statements.

They are required to record statements on Tuesday, September 19.

On Wednesday, the six rebel NRM MPs responded to a move by 245 colleagues to amend the age limit. On Tuesday, the 245 NRM MPs passed a motion to push for the deletion of article 102b that bars all those above the age of 75 and below 35 from contesting for president.

Born in 1944 and in power since 1986, President Yoweri Museveni will be over 75 when Uganda next goes to the polls in 2021.

The six MPs told the press at Parliament that they would use all the means available to them to stop the ‘rape of Uganda’s constitution’.

These vocal MPs at the meeting were Muhammad Nsereko (Kampala Central), Theodore Ssekikuubo (Lwemiyaga), John Baptist Nambeshe (Manjiya), Felix Okot Ogong (Dokolo South), Barnabas Tinkasiimire (Buyaga) and Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East).

Police has added Makindye West Allan Sewanyana to the list.

They also challenged religious leaders to take up the fight against a Museveni life presidency.

The visibly angry MPs also attacked Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi, the brain behind the Tuesday meeting and resolution, calling him names.

They further rallied the population to mount pressure on other MPs and Museveni by warning them against the scraping of the age limit.

The age limit debate remains unpopular among the population. Earlier on Monday, Police in Kampala arrested 14 activists protesting a move by majority NRM MPs to remove the age limit.

Samuel Kamugisha