Bobi Wine Petitions Electoral Commission On Age Limit Referendum

Kyadondo East MP and musician Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu aka Bobi Wine has written to the Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama asking for an updated list of voters to start collecting signatures to cause a referendum on age limit.

Last week, a group of ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party MPs resolved to table a bill with the intention of removing the age limit clause that bars all those below 35 and those above 75 from standing for president.

Born in 1944 and in power since 1944, three-decade president Yoweri Museveni will be over 75 and article 102b bars him from standing for president.

The NRM MPs’ announcement was greeted with hostility from opposition MPs who vowed to use all means possible to defend the Constitution and avert a possible Museveni life presidency.

The clergy Monday called for a referendum on the matter, with the idea of entrenching the age limit clause and restoring term limits.

Bobi Wine will now seek signatures from a tenth of Uganda’s total registered voters from one third of the total number of districts if his petition to hold water.

The electoral commission has acknowledged receipt of the request letter but is yet to provide Bobi Wine with an updated

Samuel Kamugisha