There were deadly clashes between Democratic Party and National Resistance Movement-NRM Party supporters in Lwengo district on Tuesday leaving several people injured.
Trouble started after the Democratic Party supporters launched the anti- presidential Age Limit removal campaign code Togikwatako in Lwengo district.
As part of their campaign, the DP members led by Hakim Kizza, a Youth leader held a consultative meeting in Kikenene village in Kisekka Sub County where they sensitized residents about the dangers of scrapping article 102(b) of the constitution, which restricts the president’s age to be between 35 and 75 years.
The campaign is in response to the Constitution (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2017 that was laid in parliament by the Igara West Member of Parliament Raphael Magyezi seeking to amend the article to scrap the presidential age limit.
The bill has met stiff resistance from politicians across the political divide, civil society activists and ordinary residents. As a result, DP members in Lwengo have started holding sensitisation meetings to mobilise residents to reject the bill.
Meanwhile, The Interparty Organization for Dialogue (IPOD), which unites all political parties in parliament, has invited the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen. Kale Kayihura and Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen. Henry Tumukunde to discuss organizing peaceful consultative meetings on the current hoy button issues in the country.
One of the IPOD members Democratic Party (DP), through its Secretary General, Gerald Siranda told press today that the decision to meet the security heads was reached following reports of some members of parliament being stopped from meeting their constituents to get their views on the age limit amendment bill.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca sent out the MPs last week to hold consultations on amending Article 102 (b) of the constitution.
However, some members opposed to the bill including the Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza have accused police in their constituencies of blocking them from meeting their voters.
Mr Kiiza says the police even formally wrote to her stopping her consultative meetings.
“We are meeting with the IGP in the third week of this month; we want the Minister of Internal Affairs to be present in that meeting and the IGP himself not to delegate because the issues we want to harmonize with him touch him directly,” Siranda said.
He added that the IPOD members have since signed a new Memorandum of Understanding specifying the roles of all parties and how to run the organization.