21 September 2017

Uganda: Student Shot Over Anti-Age Limit Protests

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Deputy Speaker,Jacob Oulanyah chairs the plenary session of parliament recently . PHOTO BY ERIC DOMINIC BUKENYA

A Makerere University student has been shot and several other people arrested over protests against lifting of the age limit.

Denis Emojong, a second year student was on Thursday hit by a rubber bullet near University Hall as students protested a planned move by members of the ruling NRM to table a bill to lift presidential age limits. Also, several people including the Kampala Lord Mayor, FDC secretary for mobilisation Ingrid Turinawe, among others have been arrested over the protests that have spread to other parts of the country.

Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi is today expected to table a motion seeking leave of Parliament to introduce an omnibus Private Member's Constitution Amendment Bill to, among others, amend Article 102 (b) and delete presidential age limits.

In a statement issued on Wednesday evening, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen Kale Kayihura warned Ugandans against holding processions in favour or against the proposed removal of the presidential age limit.

He said police had received notifications by different groups of people intending to hold processions in the city, municipalities, and other parts of the country relating to the anticipated debate in Parliament on the proposed scrapping of the president age limit from the constitution.

He said they have also received information indicating that some people are planning to use the demonstrations to cause violence and mayhem in the city including targeting Parliament.

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