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Ruling NRM top organ okays Magyezi’s age limit bill

Deputy NRM secretary general Richard Todwong has urged the public to accommodate dissenting views. File photo.



By Mary Kisakye

KAMPALA–The ruling NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) has Tuesday resolved to support the proposed age limit bill that seeks to scrap presidential age limit caps, deputy NRM secretary general Richard Todwong has revealed.

Todwong said in a statement that the CEC sitting at State House Entebbe resolved to “support the Bill for the Act entitled Constitutional (Amendment) No 2 Act 2017, moved by Hon Raphael Magyezi.”

He said that CEC also decided to popularize the decision to all NRM members and the entire the country.
CEC also warned the Opposition against intimidating supporters of the controversial bill.

The bill has attracted criticism from members of the Opposition who view it as a move to introduce life presidency in the country.

But NRM says majority of Ugandans appreciate President Museveni’s stellar performance and want him to continue leading the country after the expiry of the current term.

President Museveni will be 77 years in 2021 and not legible to run for presidency, according to the current constitution.

“We call upon the population to be respectful and tolerant of all the diverse views that may be peacefully and lawfully expressed during this process,” Todwong said.

There were reports that minority NRM CEC members were pushing for a referendum on the constitutional amendment. However, the decision taken by the top party organ is a major step towards the amendment.

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