As the debate on the transition after President Yoweri Museveni retires gains momentum, Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafiire,the minister of justice and constitutional affairs has cautioned the president against anointing a successor, saying it would tantamount to treason.
In an exclusive interview with NTV in Kampala, Otafiire who has worked with the president for over four decades, says it would be a constitutional violation for the president to anoint or attempt to anoint someone to replace him.
Gen. Otafiire spoke as a group of lawmakers launched a campaign to reject any moves to amend the constitution to scrap the 75-year presidential age limit to enable President Museveni continue in power beyond 2021.
In his memoirs, including Sowing the Mustard Seed, President Yoweri Museveni estimates his birth date at or around 15th August, 1944. He writes that his peasant parents marked dates based on major events or disasters.
The president says he was born around the time Ugandans who participated 2nd World War on behalf of the British colonialists returned home. The war lasted from 1939-1945. The president has on a number of occassions in recent years stated that he was born in 1944. This would make him 73 this year.