By Mary Kisakye
MASAKA– Minister Without Portfolio Hajj Abdul Nadduli has urged opponents of the proposed amendment of Article 102 (b) of the Constitution to emulate President Museveni and fight their way to power.
Nadduli was addressing veterans from Masaka sub- region in Masaka Municipality on Friday. He said power is fought for and not just obtained on a sliver plate.
“Power is fought for and once you get it, consolidate it as NRM is doing,” the minister said.
He wondered how an unarmed person could pelt stones at an armed security officer and goes unpunished.
He said President Museveni should be allowed to enjoy State House on account of his leadership style and achievements that include transforming Uganda into a centre of African leadership.
“It is a pity that members of the Opposition do not see President Museveni’s achievements that include pacifying the region through creation of legitimate governments in Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia and South Sudan,” Nadduli said.
Nadduli criticised pro-age limit politicians for making the issue of amending Article 102 (b) of Constitution everyone’s business.
“When it comes to serious matters like this one, only senior citizens like Members of Parliament should be given the opportunity to decide not Primary Six pupils,” Mr Nadduli said.
The article bars people who are above 75 years from contesting for presidency. This implies that if it is not amended, Mr Museveni, 73, would not be legible to offer himself for the Presidency of the country in 2021.
Those opposed to the move argue that it is intended to allow President Museveni rule for life.
The commander of the Reserve Forces in Masaka district, Rtd Maj Twaha Matovu, said the Constitution must be amended to meet the interests of the combatants who spent years in the trenches.