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Besigye says attempting to remove age limits could mark the end for Museveni's rule
Dr Kizza Besigye, the FDC flag-bearer in the 2016 presidential election says Ugandans will resist any attempts by the president to rely on Parliament to lift presidential age limits.

Dr Kizza Besigye, the FDC flag-bearer in the 2016 presidential election says Ugandans will resist any attempts by the president to rely on Parliament to lift presidential age limits.

Parliament can remove the restriction on age limit with a two thirds majority, which allows anyone above the age of 75 to contest the presidency.

Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko revealed to NTV on Monday that he is leading a group of MPs who are working towards defeating any attempt of amending the constitution to scrap the Presidential age limit.

Kizza Besigye says Ugandans will not watch as the president manipulates Parliament to lift the age limit. He adds that the time is now for Ugandans to know that President Museveni is after the life presidency.

The 1995 Constitution bars any person above the age of 75 to contest for the Presidency. If Parliament amends the Constitution to get rid of the age limit, President Museveni who is now 72 will be eligible to contest again in 2021.

Besigye says it will not come as a surprise if Parliament bows to the whims of an imperial presidency to lift the age limit because the ruling NRM party has co-opted institutions like Parliament, which should be independent.

President Yoweri Museveni last year received a petition from NRM leaders from Kyankwanzi demanding for the removal of age limit from the Constitution. Though some MPs are calling for a referendum, its not clear when the amendment will be tabled before Parliament