James Waluswaka, NRM MP for Bunyole County West, insists what they did was the best decision the country has ever made.
“Since the term limit was extended to 7 years, I want to challenge these MPs not to come back after 2021, if they don’t come back I will also not come back,” Waluswaka said.
Minister Chris Baryomunsi who was at the front line of the age limit bill battle described Thursday as a great day “because we sat in Parliament and took major decisions on behalf of Ugandans”.
“Life presidency is just your word. Our friends didn’t want to debate. They spent most of the time shouting,” he told critics.
According to Baryomunsi, what is happening Uganda is not an isolated issue, it is happening elsewhere in the world.
He said what they passed in Parliament was not only lawful but also legitimate.
“I feel for people like Norbert Mao [DP president]. When you speak from the side of losers, you start talking about night dancers,” he noted.
Baryomunsi, who was Thursday appearing on NBS “Frontline” programme, argued that the constitution itself “says touch me and we indeed touched”.
“When you are speaking as a lawyer and you say don’t touch the constitution then you need to go back to law school. You must accept that you have been defeated in Parliament.”
He accused opposition of lying to Ugandans that NRM doesn’t have the majority and claiming they never consulted the electorate.
“Mao says it was not easy to consult but Tinkasimiire and his colleagues say they consulted — which is which? It’s not true that MPs couldn’t consult.”
According to the minister, if by being weak means garnering over 300 votes and an opponent failing to raise 100 votes, then NRM is weak.
“If 317 have said this is our position, there is no reason for the president not to sign.”
He is sure President Museveni is going to sign the bill into law and that any Ugandan is free to go to court and contest what they did.
“We did our part and we are moving with our heads high. We are speaking with a lot of energy. If you want to test if NRM is strong, we have elections coming in the future — we shall see if Ugandans are smarter than us or if we are smarter than them,” he said.
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