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I will address two issues: the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 that government has already tabled before parliament and the current public debate about the potential of amending the Constitution to remove age limitations for presidential candidates.Let me begin with the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017. In my simple understanding, the bill seeks to permit government to take over private property before…
Supporters of the ruling party, National Resistance Movement (NRM) yesterday held a peaceful procession in Lira town expressing support for the removal of the presidential age limit. About 20 NRM supporters, mostly women, marched from Lira district headquarters – about 20 meters away from Lira Central Police Station on Wednesday through Olwol road, Oyite Ojok lane then Obote Avenue up…
The civil society has asked President Yoweri Museveni to take a stand and assure the country that he is not interested in the planned proposal to lift the presidential age limit, currently capped at 75 years.On Wednesday, Museveni told journalists at State House in Entebbe that there was no proposal by the government to lift the age limit, describing the…
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Statement on the Proposed Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and the Campaign to remove the 75-year age limit for presidential candidates in UgandaDate: 21st July 2017Type: For Immediate Release Aware of the political instability that Uganda has gone through and the need to foster economic, political stability and peace, we the CSOs assembled here, make the following…
By Crispin Kaheru Mr Kaheru, Coordinator, Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda. The recent move by government to gazette a Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 has prompted a fiery debate specifically on the potential of amending of Article 102(b) of the 1995 Constitution to remove the 75 years age-limit for one to run for presidency. In Uganda’s circumstance, if such…
MPs, cultural, civil and religious leaders unite in protestGovernment last week side-stepped one controversy; the raging age limit amendment debate, and introduced another in parliament, the Constitution Amendment Bill 2017 on compulsory land acquisition.The tabling of that bill in a rather riotous parliament set the stage for another bitter battle with MPs, activists and political leaders.According to the bill tabled…

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