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Bribery allegations mar VP Ssekandi's age limit consultations

Vice president and Bukoto Central MP, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi today kickstarted his consultations on the age limit bill in Masaka amidst allegations of bribery and coaching of selected rally attendees. 

Some residents had raised concern over the failure by Ssekandi to hold consultative meetings on the proposed constitutional amendment.

A group of voters in Kabonera, Kyesiga and Kyanamukaka sub-counties asked Mary Babirye Kabanda, the Masaka Woman MP to tell Ssekandi not to bother consulting them. They argued that their position on the bill is clear, they are opposed to scrapping of the presidential age limit, currently capped at 75 years.  

They instead asked Ssekandi and President Yoweri Museveni to retire from active politics since they both fall in the same age bracket.

Ssekandi arrives for the consultative meeting in Kyanamukaka

Nevertheless, Ssekandi went ahead to hold several consultative meetings. According to information obtained by URN, prior to his visit to Kyesiga and Kyanamukaka sub-counties, Ssekandi sent a team led by Mulindwa Birimumaaso, a senior presidential advisor to select and register those who would participate in the consultations.

The advance team met the selected individuals and briefed them on what to say during the consultative meetings.

The attendance list was allegedly used to screen those accessing the venue for the consultative meetings. Those whose names didn't appear on the list were turned away.

Paul Migadde, the former Kyanamukaka sub-county LCIII chairman alleges that those selected to participate in the consultations were told to support the proposed amendment.

Migadde says that when he questioned the criteria used to select participants he was told that only ruling party, NRM leaders in the constituency were invited for the consultations.

He says when he probed further, he was told they didn't want attendees who would embarrass President Museveni and his vice during the consultative meetings.

URN has also learnt that those who attended the consultations received between Shs 5000 and 50,000 depending on their leadership position.

Joseph Kazibwe, one of the NRM leaders who attended the consultations, says they were transported to the meeting venue at Mutima Gardens in Kyanamukaka sub-county. At least 450 people turned up for the consultations.

Kazibwe says each attendee received an allowance after the consultations. Speaking during the consultation meetings, Ssekandi defended the proposed scrapping of article 102 (b) of the constitution, saying there is nothing wrong with deleting the presidential age limit to allow President Museveni to extend his reign.

Ssekandi lashed out at Democratic Party members for fighting the proposed amendment, saying they are misguided.

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+11 #1 saeguya 2017-11-02 00:49
Nasty old treacherous sekandi. As old as you are, your are still greedy and a liar.

Obote knew best how to describe your type. You can never be trusted.
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+8 #2 Ugthinker 2017-11-02 01:26
This expired lot can only lead the country to the grave, their next stop!
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+6 #3 kabayekka 2017-11-02 02:05
After successfully removing the Presidential term limits Mr Sekandi is at it this time round as Vice President to remove the Presidential age limit.
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+2 #4 Gwok 2017-11-02 02:11
Quoting saeguya:
Nasty old treacherous sekandi. As old as you are, your are still greedy and a liar.

Obote knew best how to describe your type. You can never be trusted.


Let me guess what Obote is alledged to have said in the past in response to a similar situation: "DEAD ones of that type are the GOOD ones".

Sir, subject to your (+) confirmation, I am inclined to believing that it could have been a true asertion, although I still believe that it would be too highly generalised to be a fair assessment of a group of fellow Ugandans.
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+3 #5 jose 2017-11-02 08:28
but sekandi is unguidedhimself, how can a whole VP select 450 people in the whole district mbu he is consulting
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+3 #6 WADADA rogers 2017-11-02 09:18
What do you expect, he has to show his master that the age limit removal is a popular thing in his constituency
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-1 #7 ainembabazi 2017-11-02 11:30
Quoting Gwok:
Quoting saeguya:
Nasty old treacherous sekandi. As old as you are, your are still greedy and a liar.

Obote knew best how to describe your type. You can never be trusted.


Let me guess what Obote is alledged to have said in the past in response to a similar situation: "DEAD ones of that type are the GOOD ones".

Sir, subject to your (+) confirmation, I am inclined to believing that it could have been a true asertion, although I still believe that it would be too highly generalised to be a fair assessment of a group of fellow Ugandans.


A good muganda is a dead muganda cost Obote his presidency.

He had forgotten that those people are ones who had put him where he was in the first place. Any wonder some of them slaughtered dogs at his death. Rest in peace, Mr Obote.
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+3 #8 Mugwanya James 2017-11-02 12:20
With this approach where even to consult, a whole VP uses bribery as a means to lure people to support such an important bill...how does government convince anyone that they are serious in fighting corruption?
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+1 #9 Gwok 2017-11-02 19:15
Quoting ainembabazi:
[quote name="Gwok"][quote name="saeguya"] ...... A good muganda is a dead muganda cost Obote his presidency. ....He had forgotten that those people are ones who had put him where he was in the first place. Any wonder some of them slaughtered dogs at his death. Rest in peace, Mr Obote.


Thank you, Sir, for clarifying that the Ganda are President-makers in Uganda.

Well, if "A good muganda is a dead muganda" cost Obote his presidency", I wonder what will cost M7 his, from the Ganda point of view?

Caution: Please do not say it here because Satan too reads these scripts.
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