He said it is the political and legal manipulations by presidents, Idi Amin and Milton Obote in the 1970s and early 80s respectively that forced people like the incumbent president, Yoweri Museveni and Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda into exile.
He said the ongoing schemes to lift the presidential age limit are some of the legal manipulations that can trigger violence and force opposition politicians to flee Uganda.
Ndebesa said that another politician, who that should tread carefully on the age limit, is the Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah who was reportedly shot in 1990 as he led rioting students at Makerere University.
Oulanyah was the Makerere University Guild Speaker when he led a demonstration together with Norbert Mao, the incumbent Democratic Party president, against the National Resistance Movement government for scrapping students’ allowances.
Ndebesa said, “Museveni has been an improvement from Obote” but risks being compromised should he fail to listen to the people’s voices.
The don’s statements come amidst heightened tension over the proposed amendment of article 102 (b) of the Constitution, which caps the president’s age at 75 years.
On September 27, majority NRM leaning legislators approved a motion by the Igara West MP, Raphael Magyezi to table a bill proposing the scrapping of the presidential age limit.
Opposition legislators together with a section of their NRM colleagues opposed to the motion tried to put up a spirited fight but were suspended from the House by the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, leading into chaos and anarchy.
The MPs were brutally ejected by plain clothes security men when they defied Kadaga’s directive to vacate the House immediately.
Source: Nile Post
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