21 September 2017

Uganda: Age Limit Debate - Karimojong Elders Warn MPs On Land

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Security officers deployed at the main gate of Parliament.

Karamoja — Elders from Karamoja sub-region have asked MPs to refrain from amending the land law as they push for lifting of the presidential age limit.

The elders, who spoke to this newspaper in separate interviews, this week said land is very critical issue and must not be played around with.

"Let President Museveni and his MPs play with age limit but if they try to temper with land issues, they will wake up the sleeping Ugandans," said Mr Joseph Lokol from Namalu in Nakapiripirit District.

Majority NRM party MPs recently endorsed a proposal to repeal Article 102 (b), which restricts the presidential age to between 35 and 75 years.

The move is allegedly aimed at paving way for President Museveni to seek another term of office since he will be above 75 years by the next general election in 2021.

But the Karimojong elders say the Land Amendment Bill remains their main concern.

"Whether they want or not there is a last limit, which is death so let the MPs play with age limit and leave us with our land," said Mr Mark Lokol, another elder from Moroto District.

Mr Patrick Lokore described the current Parliament as 'confused and dangerous' likening it to the fall armyworm, for country.

"I am now 77 years old but I have never seen a Parliament which is confused as the one we have today because they have ignored debate on pertinent issues such as climate change, rampant death by both hunger and insecurity in the country and they are concentrating on unfortunate issues," he said.

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