15 October 2017

Uganda: This Week - NRM MPs Ask Museveni to Retire

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President Yoweri Museveni

In a letter to president Museveni signed by the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party legislators - Theodore Sekikubo, Banabus Tinkasimire, Monica Amoding, Patrick Nsamba Oshabe, Sam Lyomoki, Gaffa Mbwatekamwa, John Baptist Nambetsye, Alex Ruhunda, Sylvia Rwabwogo and Felix Okot Ogong requested that he convenes a meeting of the party's Central Executive Committee (CEC), the National Executive Council (NEC), and National Conference to discuss his retirement. They asked that he initiates a transition and succession process within the party and then at the country level.

"The gift you bestow to Ugandans is a smooth transition of power", the letter read. This comes at the time when parliament has allowed for amendment of article 102b of the constitution to lift the current age limit of 35 - 75 years for one to stand for presidency.

However while many NRM members of parliament are throwing their weights behind amending the constitution such that Museveni who will be 76 in 2021 when Uganda goes to the polls again can be able to stand for presidency again, he has kept away from the debate saying he will comment on it at the right time.

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