Igara East MP (in Bushenyi district) Andrew Martial has spoken out on his stand on the age limit debate as his neighbour Igara West legislator Raphael Magyezi seeks to introduce a private member’s bill with the aim of deleting the age limit this week.
Martial, an NRM MP who trounced one-term MP Michael Mawanda in last year’s parliamentary poll, insisted Sunday he “will respect the views of the people who voted me”.
“The people of Igara East I have met so far have asked me that: “Togikwatako [hands off age limit clause]. And I respect their word because I respect their views,” Martial further added.
Martial’s announcement increases pressure on Magyezi from his constituents to drop the Age Limit Removal Bill.
Magyezi had lied that he had consulted the people of Igara West who he had said had told him to push for the deletion of the upper age limit in article 102b of
Uganda’s constitution to allow three-decade leader Yoweri Museveni stand for reelection when Uganda next goes to the polls in 2021.
Some from Igara West would later take to social media to task Magyezi to produce evidence of any consultative meeting with his constituents.
Magyezi would last week take back his words when he said he would consult his constituents after introducing the age limit removal bill.
Martial is the first MP from Bushenyi to reject the age limit removal bill.
Magyezi, woman MP and minister in charge of general duties in the office of the prime minister Mary Karooro Okurut are openly supporting the bill.
The age limit clause does not only bar Museveni, born in 1944 and in power since 1986, from standing for president beyond the age of 75 but also averts his possible life presidency in the east African nation that seen disputed polls, and no peaceful transition of power since independence.