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Legal committee defers age limit bill for two weeks

The Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee of parliament has resolved to defer the consideration of the presidential age limit Bill for at least two weeks.
 
This was one of the decisions taken in the committee's closed-door meeting yesterday that sought to plan on how to proceed with the bill.
 
Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi last week tabled the Constitutional (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2017 before parliament and Speaker Rebecca Kadaga referred the bill to the legal committee for scrutiny.
 
The bill seeks to, among others; repeal Article 102(b) of the constitution to remove presidential age limits. The article states 35 and 75 as minimum and maximum age for the holder of a presidential office, something Magyezi says is discriminatory against those above 75 as well as those below 35.
Raphael Magyezi presents his bill for first reading
URN learnt that in a meeting chaired by West Budama South MP Jacob Oboth-Oboth, MPs agreed to first embark on individual consultations on the matter in their respective constituencies since parliament will not be in session.
 
On Wednesday Kadaga adjourned parliament sittings indefinitely.
 
"A lot of intrigue among the MPs was cited in the meeting and it was agreed that since all other MPs are going to be in their constituencies, the committee members should take off two weeks in a bid to talk to their voters, with a view of avoiding other MPs speaking to them about the proposed amendment," a technical officer attached to the committee revealed.
 
The committee chairperson, Robinah Rwakoojo, also told URN that the closed door meeting had discussed areas where the committee is to visit during the consideration of the bill. She noted that they had agreed to hold one meeting in five regions in the country including Central, Western, Eastern, Northern and West Nile.
 
She also revealed that the committee resolved to bar Kyaka South MP Jackson Kafuuzi from voting on the matter before the committee. This, she explained, is because Kafuuzi seconded the proposed amendment on the floor of parliament.
 
"We’re going to sit here and the person we’re going to talk to, is the person who proposed the motion and those who seconded, they will come in as witnesses and we shall listen to them. After that we’ll talk to the relevant stakeholders and these are many. Then we shall go as a committee to five regions to Eastern, Northern, Western, Central and West Nile region and in our capacity as members of parliament in our constituencies. You heard the speaker saying that she wants consultations and that is what we’re looking at", she said.
 
Rwakoojo also revealed that the meeting agreed that all committee members suppress their individual opinions during the consideration of the bill before them. Several MPs sitting on the legal committee have come out to strongly speak for and against the lifting of the presidential age limit.
 
"Here we’re going to look at what comes out of this committee meeting because I said we’re going to surpress our personal opinions about items in this bill  and to discuss the whole bill as a committee. We know everybody actually has an opinion about all the clauses in the bill but we agreed to suppress and deal with the bill in a wholesome manner."
 
She further revealed that they are to have another meeting today to discuss the issue of logistics among others. MPs are expected to each receive about Shs 20 million to be used for consultations on the matter.
  
The committee is supposed to present a report to the House on the amendment bill within 45 days according to the rules of procedure.
 
President Yoweri Museveni could become the first direct beneficiary of the proposed amendment, should the upper age cap be removed. Born in 1944, the president is not eligible for re-election in 2021 as he will be above 75 years.
 
Besides seeking the amendment of Article 102(b), Magyezi also seeks to amend Article 104(6) to increase the number of days within which the electoral commission is required to hold a fresh election where a presidential election is annulled, from twenty days to sixty days from the date of the annulment.

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+2 #1 Lysol 2017-10-07 00:21
The age limit bill is already self -defeating. And it will be so.
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0 #2 kabayekka 2017-10-07 17:47
President Yoweri Museveni could become the first direct beneficiary of the proposed amendment, should the upper age cap be removed.

Born in 1944, the president is not eligible for re-election in 2021 as he will be above 75 years.

The wording of the bill could be changed so that the current president does not benefit. The law should start in 2026
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0 #3 Grant 2017-10-07 18:27
MUSEVENI CANNOT BE A BENEFICIARY ANYMORE IF HE OBSERVES THE MAW AMONG OTHERS THAT THE ONLY BENEFICIARY CAN ONLY BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT, BUT NOT HIM WHO ASSENTS TO IT ACCORDING TO PROFESSOR KAYEIHAMBA.

ACCORDING TO THE OATH HE TOOK IS THAT HE WILL UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION AS IT WAS AT THE TIME OF TAKING THE OATH.

HOWEVER IF HE CHANGES IT THEN IT CAN NO LONGER BE THE SAME ONE THAT HE SWORE TO UPHOLD AND IF HE TAKES ADVANTAGE OF IT, HE IS COMMITTING TREASON AND SHOULD BE IMPEACHED!!
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0 #4 Kirya 2017-10-07 19:59
Do not make it possible for the dictator
to continue running our country
to the garbage hip.

Time to revisit term limits abuse of office. Uganda is not married to m7. M7 does not hold a phd .

He is a college drop out.
He is street smart and master manipulator.


manipu
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