In Summary
  • He declined to give an answer when asked by the Daily Monitor to definitively indicate whether he would run for the top office in 2021.

  • Questioned whether he still maintained the position he gave in a 2012 interview with NTV that someone who clocks 75 years lacked the vigour to rule as president, Mr Museveni made a U-turn and said it was the work of medical doctors to determine that.

President Yoweri Museveni now says Ugandan MPs will have the final say on the presidential age limit.

Mr Museveni spoke on Wednesday night, a day after a joint caucus of his ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) and independent MPs passed a resolution to move a motion in Parliament on Thursday, paving the way for a Bill to amend Article 102(b) to scrap the age limit.

'VOLUNTEERS'

President Museveni, however, was quick to explain that the law sets guidelines on how the Constitution can be amended and MPs would follow that process.

“About the NRM people who were yesterday [Tuesday] involved in an activity [of passing a resolution to table a motion]. That was not the official NRM caucus. But they are NRM people who have brought their views. In Runyakole (president's vernacular), we call them Nyekundire [volunteers]. Originally, they were provoked by malicious people,” President Museveni said.

He declined to give an answer when asked by the Daily Monitor to definitively indicate whether he would run for the top office in 2021.

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