Parliament voted on Wednesday on the controversial “age limit” bill, which thought to lift the cap on the Presidential age from the constitution.
According to the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, 317 MPs voted in favour of lifting the age limit of 75 years for persons seeking to run for the presidency, while only 97 MPs voted against.
In his Christmas message, the Bishop of Masaka Diocease John Baptist Kaggwa, expressed disappointment with the Members of Parliament for what he called ‘ ‘ganging up against the will of the majority of Ugandans by passing age limit bill.’’
Speaking at his diocesan home at Kitovu in Masaka district, Kaggwa revealed the MPs decision has drowned the country’s political atmosphere into disarray, characterized by uncertainty.
The Bishop said that the country is not convinced with the outcome, which he said was open-day betrayal by the representatives of citizens for selfish gains.
While voting on age limit motion on Wednesday, the MPs claimed to represent views of their people.
The Bishop’s comments come after recent research showed that 85 percent of Ugandans were against age limit.
The three-month survey conducted between September, October and November conducted by civil society organizations indicated that 85 per cent of Ugandans did not support the proposed constitutional amendment to lift caps on the presidential age.
The study, titled: ‘Citizen’s Perceptions on the Proposed Amendment of Article 102(b) of the Constitution’ was commissioned by Citizens Coalition on Electoral Democracy (CEEDU) and Uganda Governance Monitoring Platform (UGMP). It sampled 50,429 citizens in 80 constituencies across the country. It covered 22,926 females and 27,503 male respondents.
“We found that out of the total number of citizens who participated in this survey 85 per cent are opposed to the removal of the age limit and 15 per cent are in support of the age limit. In central the support for the bill is at 34 per cent, the opposition to the bill is at 66 per cent. For the Eastern region, the opposition to the bill is at 95 per cent, the support is at only at 5 per cent. In the West, the support for the bill is at 24 per cent and the opposition is at 76 per cent”, said The Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies (GLiSS) executive director Godber Tumushabe