Tamale Mirundi: Age Limit Removal Plot Has Failed, the People Have Spoken

President Yoweri Museveni’s advisor on the media Joseph Tamale Mirundi has said Ugandans have rejected the age limit removal motion fronted by Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi.

Last week, in a caucus of his ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) MPs backed a bill by Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi that seeks to delete the upper age limit in article 102b of the Constitution that bars anyone over 75 years from standing for president.

Born in 1944 and in power since 1986, Museveni will be ineligible for reelection in 2021.

Consultations have begun in constituencies, with some reports of hostility against pro-age limit removal MPs.

A crosssection of religious leaders, elders and opinion leaders the country over have rejected the proposed amendment seen by many as a ruse to help Museveni extend his 35-year rule beyond 2021.

On Tuesday, for example, there was violence and blood-letting scenes in Buwekula Constituency in Mubende district after MP Rtd Maj Joseph Kakooza engaged crime preventers to calm a rowdy crowd that protest the legislator’s age limit removal stand.

It is such chaotic scenes that Mirundi, also Museveni’s former Press Secretary, thinks should deliver the message to pro-age limit removal MPs that their efforts have hit a dead end.

“The people have said ‘no’. Whenever NRM MPs go, they are chased,” Mirundi said during an evening talk show on Top Radio on Monday.

‘‘Today, if you give 30 minutes at a rally to those opposed to Age Limit [Togikwatako] and those supporting bill [Gikwateko] the latter will disappear in thin air; that’s how bad things are.’’

Samuel Kamugisha