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Showdown as Parliament debates Age Limit Bill

Tomorrow Monday 18.Dec.2017 is the D-day when parliament of Uganda is set to debate the Constitutional amendment bill no 2 which among other things seeks to amend article 102 (b) of the constitution which caps age a president at 75.

We have extensively covered the debate and written many articles about this move pioneered by Igara West MP, Rapahel Magyezi through a private members bill.

The Parliamentary legal affairs committee will present its report which will mark second reading of the bill paving the way for passing. NRM majority MPs support the bill as they claim it’s a party position.
Parliament’s Committee failed to reach consensus on the contentious proposal to amend Article 102(b) and remove age limits, prompting MPs to author two conflicting reports regarding the scrapping of age limits for presidential candidates.

Parliament will convene in a highly-anticipated sitting tomorrow morning to debate the two reports on the Constitutional Amendment Bill, with the main report supporting the removal of age limits, while the minority report is against the proposal.

Session of Parliament

A marathon of sittings will end with a vote on the Bill, with the government keen to dispose of the polarising Bill before Parliament breaks off for the Christmas recess at the end of the week.
Fifty three witnesses were interviewed by the committee.

Eight MPs supported the minority report, while 20 backed the main report
This move has been criticized by church leaders Under their Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC), the clerics observed that the current approach of seeking to amend the Constitution Article 102 (b) through a private member’s Bill is retrogressive as it robs the Constitution of its safeguards

Controversially, the same NRM MPs through their caucus have smuggled in another proposal to extend their term from 5 to 7 years. Proponents of the bill claim the five years is not enough to meaningfully implement a manifesto as the first therefore extension will give the ample time to

The leaked report can be downloaded here

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