Uganda’s three-decade president is set to meet Parliament’s legal affairs committee for his views on the controversial Constitution Amendment Bill, 2017 tomorrow Tuesday at State house Entebbe.
The bill, popularly referred to as the age limit bill, seeks to delete article 102b of Uganda’s constitution to allow Museveni contest for president beyond the age of 75.
The age limit clause stands between Museveni and his bid to extend his bid beyond 2021 when Uganda next goes to the polls when he will be 75 years old. Two years above the years the current constitution provides for presidential election.
In 1986, Museveni said Africa’s problem was leaders who overstayed in power. But if the age limit is removed to allow him rule for life, Museveni will have contradicted himself the more.
The Bill also seeks to amend Article 61 (1) of the Constitution to allow the Electoral Commission to hold a general election within the first 30 days of the last 120 days before the expiry of the term of the office of the President.
The amendment also wants Article 104 (2), (3) and (6) changed to increase the numbers of days within which to petition the Supreme Court regarding a presidential election result.
Currently, one can file a presidential election petition in the Supreme Court registry within 10 days but the Magyezi bill proposes an increment to of five days to make it 15 days.
The bill also want Court to handle the petition within 45 days instead of 30.
All structures of Museveni’s ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) have endorsed age limit removal.
Committee chairperson Jacob Oboth Oboth also belongs to the NRM. The party caucus fully backs age limit removal.
The committee has met various stakeholders and opinion leaders. Some of these include former presidential candidate and academic Prof Venansius Baryamureeba.
He will also explain to the committee why his elite Special Forces command (SFC) raided parliament and ejected MPs in September.
Deputy speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanyah has apologised for SFC raid on the house.
Oulanyah’s apology came after opposition MPs stormed out of parliament after the deputy speaker had refused to include debate on the same on the order paper last month.