The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has directed members of Parliamanent not to discuss issues sorrounding proposed amendments to the constitution. The Observer newspaper recently reported that a section of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) members are planning to push for the amendment of Article 102 (b) to remove the presidential age limit cap of 75 years.
In her communication during plenary on Tuesday, Kadaga tasked the Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana to state government’s position on the matter. In his response, Rukutana said he wasn’t aware of the source of the debate on the proposed constitutional amendment bill.
“Whoever thinks there’s any other bill should rest assured that that bill is only in respect of one article of the Constitution and we are not aware of any impending constitutional amendment as yet. So honourable members all these rumours a speculation. There is no sinter of truth, they are not true. The age limit has not yet been handled as yet”, Mwesigwa Rukutana said.
A section of MPs from the ruling party-NRM have confrimed the plans, with the debate heightening after the Justic and Constitutional Affairs Minister Kahinda Otafiire confirmed that the Constitutional Amendment Bill had beeen gazetted in the Uganda Gazette, the official goverment paper.
“I have been reading in the press about the constitutional amendements and has caused excitment for and against the same. I have not seen the bill so I dont know where the debate is coming from. People are debating I sont know about what and there is anger and activism about this.” Kadaga said.
She then directed the MPs against speaking about the matter until goverment presents the Constitutional amendments to the House.I have seen the hullabaloo in the media about an impending constitutional amendments that has been sponsored by whatever party to do with lifting age limits. I want to allay the fears of MPs and suspicions of the public and I want to state that there is no much amendment. the age limit has not been handled yet.” said Hon. Rukutana.