The Observer (Kampala)

16 December 2012

Uganda: Museveni Age - Mao Demands Blood Test

The Democratic Party has vowed to prevent President Museveni from seeking re-election in 2016 by all means.

DP President Norbert Mao, who was recently in Masaka for the release of five UYD youths recently arrested for celebrating Museveni's supposed 75th birthday, said the party would use legal means.

"Come 2016, should he dare to pick nomination forms, we are going to seek a court order to compel him to be subjected to a blood test to have his age determined by scientists," Mao said.

Mao, who was flanked by the party's legal advisor Fred Mukasa Mbidde said they were prepared for the consequences.

"If he feels that we are inconveniencing him, we shall pay him the damages if need be," Mao added.

On the charges of causing violence levelled against the youths, the DP chief argued that they had no foundation.

"DP does not espouse violence; therefore, it is mischievous for the government to accuse our youths of being violent," he said.

"Nevertheless, we are willing to join them nation-wide to continue defying unconstitutional acts by police and sustain our defiant stance because we side with the law."

He argued that the public is not unruly but unhappy with the low service delivery in the country.

Mao added that the party would continue to work with the youths to sensitize the public that the Constitution blocks anybody above 75 years from running for the presidency.

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