Test of supreme law as Ugandan MPs prepare to scrap age limit
Saturday July 8 2017
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni inspecting the guard of honour on budget speech day June 8, 2017. He will have ruled for 35 years by 2021. The current law bars him from running again. PHOTO | MORGAN MBABAZI | NMG
Ugandans await the formal presentation of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in parliament, the looming scrapping of the presidential age limit is shaping up as the ultimate test of Uganda’s commitment to constitutionalism.
According to sources familiar with the ruling party MRM's plans, a three-pronged approach has been mooted, involving mobilising as many resolutions from disparate groups in districts; a rigorous media campaign to shape public opinion in favour of scrapping the age limits; and intense lobbying of legislators
Proponents of this view argue that removal of age limit erases any chance of a peaceful and democratic transition of power in Uganda. And that a change in law will create real possibilities of a reversion to tyranny, oppression and exploitation that the Constitution aimed to cure in the first place.