Dokolo North member of Parliament Paul Amoro Omiat has revealed that he facilitated the NRM supporters who demonstrated in Lira town seeking for the removal of the article of the constitution that will stop Museveni from running for presidency in the next terms.
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.
Amoro who is in support of the removal of the age limit law, said it is everyone’s right to demonstrate over anything whenever they feel like because Uganda is a democratic country, as long as they do it within the law.
He was responding to Patrick Okwir Kampala’s assertion that the NRM MP was the funder the demonstration.
Amoro reiterated to us on Thursday that he is the NRM whip for Lango subregion, making him be the focal person to facilitate most of the party’s activities in Lango.
In defense of his support for the removal of the age limit law , Amoro said constant change of presidents slows the development of the country. “For instance, if we had Obote only as the Ugandan president , without changes in government the way we had, the country would have seen much faster development”. He said.
“If Museveni leaves, the development of the country will be slowed down”. He added that in developed nations, people only have term limit but not age limit.
Amoro wonders why opposition members criticize NRM for having their chairman, president Museveni over stay in power.
“You see, UPC can elect any leader they want, we as NRM have no problem with that”
“But you can even see FDC, Gen Muntu is the party’s President, but you see Besigye over and over again running for presidency. He keeps on standing but doesn’t allow other party members to stand, and we the NRM don’t comment on it”. He concluded.
When we contacted Lira Resident District Commissioner Robert Abak for updates on the the progress in the investigation on the mobilizers of the age limit law removal demonstration, he said has been busy doing businesses out of the district, and so he has no latest information on it. Abak promised to give updates on the matter once he is in the district.
Abak had earlier said they’d summon the organizers of the demonstration to explain why they carried out the procession without informing the security officials.