After the criticisms and outbursts from the public over the demonstration in Lira town seeking for the removal of presidential age limit to allow president Yoweri Museveni run for presidency in the following terms, Lira security officials have launched an investigation on the mobilizers and the masterminds of the demonstration.
A section of National Resistance Movement-NRM supporters on Wednesday last week demonstrated in Lira town, seeking for the removal of the article 102b from the constitution that caps the presidential age limit at 75. The protesters want the age limit law removed to allow President Yoweri Museveni rule for for life.
Uganda’s constitution sets the age range for president at 35 to 75 years of age.Born in 1944, Museveni will be 77 years old during at next elections in 2021. That means after three decades in power, he will not be eligible to stand for re-election.
Carrying placards written “Museveni Pakalast, We support Removal of Age limit”, the protesters comprised of mostly women moved through Lira town from the district chambers, Obote Avenue-Bala road to Olwol road.
They were led by NRM supporters Moses Opio, and the Barr sub county NRM mobilizer, Patrick Okwir, alias Okwir Kampala.
Okwir Kampala told our reporter that members of Parliament should not continue delaying the removal of age limit. He said for Ugandans to continue enjoying peace and development, Museveni should not leave power. Opio however said the country should be like other developed countries like United States and South Africa that don’t have age limits adding that Uganda won’t reach such heights of development once Museveni retires.
Speaking exclusively to TNT on Monday,Robert Abak the Lira Resident District Commissioner, also head of the Lira security group said they are seeking to establish the motives behind the demonstration. He says they will summon mobilizers to reveal the funders of the demonstration, and under whose authorities did they take to carry out the processions because the Lira security officials were not informed. Earlier, the North Kioga region police spokesperson David Ongom Mudong said the demonstrators did not seek for permission from the police before going on with the demonstration.
Efforts to reach Okwir Kampala and Moses Opio were futile by press time, we will update you on the latest developments on the story.