The state minister for regional co-operation Dr Philemon Mateke has re-assured President Yoweri Museveni and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) of the support from Kisoro district.
Mateke noted that NRM is still strong in Kisoro.
“NRM is a strong party and in the next elections, we even promise to perform better,” he stated.
Mateke who also doubles as Kisoro NRM chairperson was reacting to media reports that he recently convened a meeting at Kisoro municipal hall which rejected the age limit amendment.
That the meeting which was well attended by local council and NRM leaders allegedly turned rowdy when the minister introduced the topic of amending Article 102(b).
When contacted, President Museveni's private secretary for political affairs David Mafabi said it is true that Kisoro and the rest of districts in Kigezi sub-region are in the support of the age limit amendment.
Mafabi who has traversed many districts countrywide rallying support for age limit amendment, however, said there are some groups, especially in municipalities who at times oppose the issue.
“I have met many people such as opinion leaders over the amendment and they are in support, but there are few individuals opposing it. Recently, I heard the same story in Mbale, but in most cases when you sit and sensitise them on importance of amendment, they support it,” he said.
Museveni in his speech during the during the Bafumbira thanksgiving for late John Kale Kalekezi and IGP Kale Kayihura’s re-appointment in Kisoro district, lauded the Kisoro communities for their continued support to the party which he says has sparked economic development.
He said the only debt he (Museveni) has in Kisoro is the tarmacking of tourism roads such as the Kisoro-Bwindi road.