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Age limit debate: Speaker Kadaga sounds alarm about threats to MPs
The Speaker of Parliament says a number of MPs are living in fear after receiving threats from the public over the talk about amending the constitution to remove the president’s age limit.

The Speaker of Parliament says a number of MPs are living in fear after receiving threats from the public over the talk about amending the constitution to remove the president’s age limit.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga summoned the Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana, to clarify the claims that cabinet has already drafted and gazetted a bill that seeks to remove the presidential age limit.

The Deputy Attorney General informed the house that the only constitutional amendment that the cabinet has so far approved is the Compulsory Land Acquisition Bill.

However, opposition politicians were not convinced by Rukutana’s explanation. They believe that the ruling party is scheming to remove the age limit.

Former FDC President, Dr Kizza Besigye told journalists at a news conference that the NRM party will use the state machinery to ensure that the amendments are passed.

Meanwhile, civil society organisations and opposition leaders want other constitutional reforms to be considered as well. Particularly the one on the independence of the Electoral Commission, and the re-instatement of presidential term limits. Some of these reforms were tabled before parliament towards the 2016 general general election but were not considered by the government.