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Age limit: changing constitution inevitable - Otafiire

The minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Maj. Gen Kahinda Otafiire has said changes in the Constitution including lifting of the age limits are inevitable.

Otafiire was responding to Bishop Robert Muhiirwa's comments on the amendment of the Constitution to remove the presidential age limits.

Bishop Muhiirwa used his sermon in a mass for Catholics from Mbarara Archdiocese on their annual pilgrimage to the Martyrs Shrine in Namugongo on Sunday to remind leaders about the oath they take while holding the bible.

"The word of God must not be played with. The leaders of this country must not joke with the Bible. They held a bible in their right hand and swore to defend the Constitution," he said.

Minister Otafiire (R) arrives for a meeting with NRM leaders 

However while meeting National Resistance Movement (NRM) leaders from Fort Portal municipality and Kabarole district on Monday in Fort Portal town, Otafiire said that although he respects Muhiirwa's opinion on the age limit, amendments and changes in society are inevitable.

According to Otafiire, Jesus left only one church under St. Peter but now there are many churches with different religious leaders implying that the constitution of the church was changed which led to the emergence of different religions and bishops.

He added that since there is change in religion, the same should apply in politics.
 
"Jesus left only one church under St Peter but there are four bishops in Kabarole. If they had not changed the constitution of the church, how would the different denominations have arisen…So like there’s time for change in religion there is also time for second thoughts in politics", Otafiire said.
 
Muhiirwa and Reuben Kisembo, the Bishop Ruwenzori Diocese have been consistent so far on their stance against removing the age limits. They have spoken at different functions and written letters urging President Yoweri Museveni to retire and allow another leader to take over.
 
Otafiire also criticised some NRM members of parliament who are against the amendment of the constitution. He said that as party members, they are supposed to support and respect decisions taken by the party's organs.
 
After speaking to the leaders, Otafiire then ordered journalists out of the hall, saying that the leaders were going to discuss internal matters of the party. He also ordered his army escorts to ensure the journalists were not in the vicinity of the venue.
 
Margaret Muhanga, the member of parliament for Burahya county and a supporter of removal of the age limit, said that some NRM members of parliament and members of the opposition are wasting time opposing the proposed amendment of the constitution.
 
Displaying a list of names, Muhanga claimed that 330 NRM MPs and all the 10 Uganda People's Defence Forces-UPDF representatives are in favour of amending the constitution.

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+1 #1 saeguya 2017-11-07 10:58
If otafire and company are thinking about hijacking the country, then you have already done so.

Changing the constitution is not the will of Ugandans. It's hard to rule someone who has no respect for you.

You will change the age limit on paper but not in the people's mind and resolve.
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+3 #2 Gbuluku Damanaka 2017-11-07 11:38
Imagine this mavi ya kuku General coaching Bishop Dr.Muhiirwa on Church history?

stop tarnishing the names of ex-seminarians by your disgraceful and blasphemous utterances.

By declaring that changing the constitution is inevitable is a clear testimony that NRM and its egocentric sycophants like your ilk have BLATANTLY ignored the popular view of majority of Ugandans against the removal of the age limit from our constitution.

Who doesn't know that your target is to ensure perpetuation of continued feasting by your fellow gangsters.

Was it not your chief goon who once said "he killed his animal,Ugandan oil belongs to him?? What more evidence do we need to show case that Uganda is under occupation by some imperial forces. Gasiya kabisa!!!
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+2 #3 aloys 2017-11-07 11:46
Poor individaual who have failed to deliver are now seeking to amend the constitution to protect themselves.

Now, I can attest, as the age advances- ideas also get expired. Jesus left one church, and many deviated from what he founded! Does that mean, Jesus changed the constitution?

Or if we can legalize anything because a b and c have made a wrong choice?
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+1 #4 WADADA rogers 2017-11-07 12:00
But changing certain provisions to appease one person is very bad, bad indeed, how can we spend all that time and money just to amend article 102 (1)
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+2 #5 Twebaze Francis 2017-11-07 14:06
I think General Kahinda impresses nobody.

It's of recent that the LCIII national council rejected to hear his address because his mouth spouts nothing.

Even in this news article he seems to be talking nothing. Sorry,we are not impressed.
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+2 #6 Lakwena 2017-11-07 14:11
In other words, like Mr. M7, Gen Otafiire is also intoxicated with dishonesty and parasitism.
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+2 #7 Dembula 2017-11-07 17:26
If the change is inevitable, why the charade of consultations?

Why bother to call Uganda a democracy when it is de facto a military dictatorship? From where I am standing it seems that M7/NRM veneer of invincibility has been seriously dented and Ugandans are getting to know their own power.

Woe betide those who stand in the way of Ugandans struggling to get rid of the yoke of M7. Change is coming alright. But I doubt it is the one that the Otafires are expecting.
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0 #8 Dembula 2017-11-07 17:26
If the change is inevitable, why the charade of consultations?

Why bother to call Uganda a democracy when it is de facto a military dictatorship?

From where I am standing it seems that M7/NRM veneer of invincibility has been seriously dented and Ugandans are getting to know their own power.

Woe betide those who stand in the way of Ugandans struggling to get rid of the yoke of M7. Change is coming alright. But I doubt it is the one that the Otafires are expecting.
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+2 #9 256rogers 2017-11-07 18:31
Please let's unite together as one behind bobi wine, it's time to also share and have our piece of bread.

Being silent can't change the bad situation you are facing!

They fought to have that much but I think they have ate enough and it's time we also face them and because they cannot ever get satisfied.

340 nrm mps can't decide Ugandas fate on just a mere paper.
STAND STRONG, FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY
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+2 #10 sn 2017-11-07 19:15
The only inevitable and acceptable changes to the constitution are principled ones for the benefit of society not just an individual as is the case before us.

Otafire by his own confession led gangs in using UPC uniform to torture people in Luwero so that their evil acts could and were blamed on the then UPC government.

That is probably why he is a minister today because he lost the elections miserably. Indeed he should have no voice today.

However I hope that however how long it takes the whole gang of communists and their Machiavelli ideologues will be brought to book in a free Uganda.
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