Opposition Members of Parliament have called for massive campaigns and sensitization of the public about the challenges of amending the Constitution to remove Article 102(b).
The Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Winfred Kiiza in a press conference at Parliament on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 said that Members of Parliament in both NRM and the Opposition will explore all available avenues to deter the tabling of the Motion to remove the age limit of the President.
The President of JEEMA Party, Asuman Basalirwa, said in the same press conference that there was need to engage the public on the issue, which is raising a lot of anxiety.
“We are going to engage in a countrywide public mobilization and sensitization drive on the dangers of amending the Constitution piecemeal, especially the removal of the age limit,”he said.
He also called on the public to engage their Members of Parliament to persuade them to disassociate themselves from the amendment of Article 102(b) of the Constitution.
Basalirwa said that the mobilization drive is also intended to conduct nationwide prayers for the country as it goes through such trying times, where people are intimidated by the State and its machinery.
He condemned the harassment and brutal handling of Opposition leaders who are speaking out against the removal of the age limit from the Constitution.
‘Why is the Uganda Police Force exhibiting double standards especially when it comes to the Opposition leaders who are against the age limit?”he asked.
He added that Police is meant to protect and not to harass people for having dissenting views towards the constitutional amendment.
Basalirwa called on government to exhibit seriousness while handling the Constitution saying that government should own the process of amending the Constitution.
‘Government has left the constitutional amendment to a Private Members bill; this shows that it doesn’t have clear objectives for the country by leaving this to an individual,”he said.
He added that government was setting a precedence where anyone could just jump onto amending the Constitution at any time on issues where the government is not the beneficiary.
“There is nowhere in the history of this country where we have seen government leaving amendment of the Constitution in the hands of a private individual,”he said.