Museveni Summons NRM CEC as Some Members Openly Oppose Age Limit Removal Plot

Uganda’s three-decade president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has called a meeting of his ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Central Executive Committee (CEC) to discuss the controversial age limit removal plot.

Recently, Museveni told a caucus of NRM MPs that he fully backed the age limit amendment bill that seeks, among other things, to delete the upper age limit in article 102b of the constitution to allow him stand for president beyond the age of 75.

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

At least four members of are either covertly or openly opposed to the age limit removal motion.

They include Youth League Chairperson Gaddafi Nassur and National Vice Chairperson for central Uganda Amooti Nyakana, vice chairperson for western Uganda Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza and Karamoja’s Simon Aleper.

Other sources indicate that six out of the 29 CEC members are opposed to age limit removal.

On Saturday, Museveni informed the members that a meeting will happen at State House Entebbe on Tuesday at 10am.

“The NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) has been summoned to meet on Tuesday, 24th October 2017 at 10:00am in State House Entebbe,” confirmed NRM deputy spokesman Ofwono Ofondo Sunday morning.

Although the invitation did not indicate the agenda, The Tower Post has since learnt that Museveni has called the meeting to convince all members to back age limit removal.

Samuel Kamugisha