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Opposition MPs call for protests against Age limit removal
This new stance comes barely a day after the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee met the president to seek his views on the contentious constitutional amendment bill

This morning, a section of opposition lawmakers led by Rukungiri municipality MP Roland Mugume told a news conference that they would intensify their red-ribbon campaign next week.

 

This new stance comes barely a day after the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee met the president to seek his views on the contentious constitutional amendment bill

 

However, the opposition has now sounded a clarion call to citizens to reject the Bill, which seeks to amend the age limit provision currently capped at 75 years in the Constitution.

 

They also said plans are underway to co-opt progressive ruling party MPs as well as civil society to reject the amendment.

 

The government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo told NTV that if the group is civil in its conduct, it shall be accommodated.

Opondo says this is not the first time the opposition has issued such threats, which have not attracted a groundswell of resentment.

 

The opposition MPs also argue that the president’s suggestion to change the presidential term from five to seven years is a red-herring.

It is expected that the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee next week shall table its report in the House plenary for a full debate.