By Kampala Post reporter
Members of Parliament especially from the National Resistance Movement (NRM) have voted to remove the presidential age limit clause from the Constitution in a meeting at Parliament.
All the all MPs that attended the meeting supported the resolution apart from the Kumi Woman MP Monica Amoding.
The over 200 MPs agreed to move a Private Members' Bill for the amendment of Article 102 (B). The Bill expected to be tabled this Thursday. The resolutions will be presented to the floor of the Parliament in form of a Bill for debate and passing.
Earier, as the MPs were meeting, a section of taxi drivers and bodaboda riders were matching enthusiastically to the House to present a petition to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga calling for the removal of the presidential age limit.
According to the current constitution, a Ugandan below the age of 35 is not qualified to vie for the office of the president. Similarly, a Ugandan above the age of 75 does not qualify to aspire for the presidency.
Whereas sections of the public say the amendment is aimed at enabling President Yoweri Museveni run for the presidency in 2021, Rogers Mulindwa, a communications officer at the NRM secretariat thinks otherwise.
“The likely amendment is not in any way intended to benefit individuals but it’s a matter of national interest,” said Mr Mulindwa is a Facebook post.