In Summary
  • President Museveni, 72, is barred by the current Constitution from standing again after attaining 75 years.
  • Museveni, the main beneficiary if the amendment is successful, dismissed the talk about two months ago.
  • Members of his party and State House staff have been engaged in low-key, but intense mobilisation for the amendment.

Kampala

Members of Uganda's ruling National Resistance Movement Tuesday unanimously backed a motion seeking to amend the Constitution to remove the presidential age limit.

The move is seen as a significant step towards securing a free run for President Yoweri Museveni to seek re-election in 2021.

President Museveni, 72, is barred by the current Constitution from standing again as he will be beyond the 75 years limit by the next election.

The lawmakers' move is a significant step for a thinly-veiled process that has been playing out in the open without official endorsement.

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President Museveni, the main beneficiary if the amendment is successful, dismissed the talk about two months ago saying he was concentrating on his programmes and age limit was not an urgent matter.

Yet members of his party and State House staff have been engaged in low-key, but intense mobilisation for the amendment.

Resolutions from Kisoro, a remote district on Uganda’s border with Rwanda and the DR Congo, Mbarara, the main city of the Ankole sub-region and a demonstration in Arua District, the headquarters of the West Nile sub-region supporting the lifting of the age limit, passed peacefully with police protection in a country where political gatherings, mainly for opposition activists, have often been violently broken up by the security agencies.

DISMISSED

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