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NRM explains age limit Bill, debate

By John Odyek, Nicholas Wassajja

Added 25th September 2017 01:13 PM

“The Opposition should know that it is not yet Uhuru for them because we are capitalizing on numerical strength and we won’t be sorry about that,” NRM Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa, said.

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“The Opposition should know that it is not yet Uhuru for them because we are capitalizing on numerical strength and we won’t be sorry about that,” NRM Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa, said.

POLITICS | AGE LIMIT

The Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa, has said despite  resistance by the Opposition to block the tabling of the age limit Bill, it will be tabled soon.

Nankabirwa said government and Parliament authorities had reached an agreement to have the controversial item off the order paper on Thursday.

“Actually, I visited the Speaker with some commissioners to find out whether the issue would be coming up and she explained to us that she needed more time to study the matter. But I assure you, the motion will come up and it will be disposed off at an appropriate time,”  Nankabirwa told journalists in Parliament.

Adding: “People were duped that we were voting on the motion on Thursday, but that is intellectual dishonesty. The Opposition should know that it’s not yet ‘Uhuru’ for them because we are capitalizing on numerical strength and we won’t be sorry about that.”

She asked the minority parties in Parliament to reach out to them. “The NRM is open to dialogue and we can agree on the way forward on the polarizing debate,” Nankabirwa said.

The beginning of last week was a beehive of activities by MPs. This was in anticipation for debate on the motion seeking leave of Parliament to introduce a private members bill that will remove the presidential age limit.

By Thursday political activities reached fever pitch with various political camps gearing up for the debate. Various meetings, negotiations, press conferences, statements were made.

The anticlimax was best expressed by the deputy speaker, Jacob Oulanyah who described the attendance in the House as quite unusual. “I have not seen some of you for a long time. Who has done the mobilization. I think that in future I should engage the services of those that have mobilized you,” Oulanyah said.

This week more tensions are expected in Parliament when the House resumes on Tuesday. MPs anxiously wait for the decision of the speaker on the bill.

Former ethics minister Miria Matembe delaying to have the bill was a waste of time. “I am not pleased that the speaker can allow to be dragged into this NRM mess of buying time to cool the tempers. They are simply fooling us that we can have a sane debate about the matter. We all know that President Museveni wants this and he will have it his way,” Matembe said.

Rtd Brig Kasirye Gwanga said: “In whatever they do, they should know that we are watching them keenly and we shall not fold our hands in case they attempt to disrupt the peace and stability we fought for”. Gwanga also wondered why Parliament does not table bills on issues like irrigation and agriculture which were every important.

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