KAMPALA–As the Parliamentary Legal Affairs committee prepares to table its report on lifting the Presidential age limit on Monday next week, Dr Paul Kawanga Semwogerere, the former DP leader, has warned President Yoweri Museveni against life presidency.
“If I could only meet President Museveni, I would have counselled him that it is for his own good to leave power,” Ssemwogerere warned.
The 1996 Presidential candidate told Museveni that it is wise for him to preside over a peacefull transfer of power, warning that his overstay in power will drag the country into a political crisis.
Ssemwogerere made the remarks Saturday afternoon at the funeral rites of Olive Norah Makumbi, the mother-in-law of Godfrey Sekisonge, a senior member of DP, London branch, held at Mutundwe, city suburb.
His warning come at a time when Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has just summoned legislators to attend the Monday sitting to discuss the report. Kadaga received a copy of the report on Wednesday.
In her communication to the legislators, Kadaga told them that they shall convene on Monday at 9am to debate the matter.
The funeral rites turned into a political rally with many opposition figures warning NRM MPs to act in sober way on Monday.
The Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago speaking at the same function said a new survey revealed that 85% of Ugandans are against lifting the age limit.
“Ugandans have come out loud and clear, preferring the status quo to be maintained,” Lukwago said.
Lukwago also said the remaining safety value in the Constitution, once removed, Uganda will have launched what he termed as life Presidency.
Kadaga told MPs to go through the report during this weekend so that they can contribute meaningfully to debate next week.