UGANDA – The members of parliament representing Uganda’s ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) have approved to commence processes to remove presidential age limit.
About 200 NRM members of parliament have approved to table a private only member’s bill.
The step is seen as part of a big plan to permit the current Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to continue his presidency after the termination of his current command in 2021.
The current age limit for a presidential applicant is 75. Museveni, who is now 73 years-old, will be two years older than the limit by the year 2021 when the next national election is scheduled.
The government before has strongly supported its proposal to remove age restriction for applicants even with powerful opposition by political parties and civil society organizations.
Museni became the president of Uganda since 1986, he is considered as one of the longest running leader in Africa.
“If anybody has been serving very well and the population thinks he still has a lot to contribute he should not be precluded from doing so merely because he has clocked 75 … as long as people are voting, age of the candidate doesn’t matter,” said Uganda’s deputy attorney general, Mwesigwa Rukutana.