POLITICS | AGE LIMIT
Government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa, also the Kiboga district Woman MP, was over the weekend tasked with explaining to voters the alleged plot to lift the presidential age limit and the proposed land amendments issue.
Nankabirwa was pressed on the issue as she visited radio stations, at social functions and during held meetings
“We hear that you are among the chief mobilisers of MPs to lift the presidential age limit. Is this true or false?” one voter asked.
The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party MPs last week agreed to move a motion in parliament to remove the upper age cup (75years) on a president.
The Constitution, among other requisites, states that a person must be aged between 35-75 years to be legible for the presidency.
Nankabirwa described last week’s decision by NRM legislators as a response to provocation by people who hyped the matter and tormented them with unnecessary threats.
“It was still a long process to reach conclusion on the matter, the caucus and the cabinet were yet to discuss it exhaustively before we table it in Parliament. I assure you that you will be consulted for your position when the time comes,” she said.
On the proposed land amendments Bill, she maintained that the government’s aim was not to grab people’s land, but eliminate people who want to defraud government by inflating land identified for government projects.