26 September 2017

Uganda: Age Limit Updates - Scuffle Over MPs' Red Ribbons

Parliament reconvenes today after it was prematurely adjourned by deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah. Today's plenary is expected to be presided over by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.

Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi's motion on amending of the age limit is expected to be tabled today much as it is missing on the order paper.

Here are the latest updates

11:15: MPs insist on red ribbons. Red ribbons are a symbol to MPs resistance to amending the Constitution to lift the presidential age limits, said Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza. Whoever wants peaceful transfer of power in this country should associated with the red ribbons. She said the red ribbons are not an opposition matter like people in government are making it seem.

Earlier MP Odonga Otto had been also blocked from accessing Parliament because he was wearing red ribbons on his head and arm. He asked police officers to cite the law under which they were blocking MPs from wearing the red ribbons. Defeated, the officers let him in with his head and arm red ribbons. I can even come in a g-string like Hon [Evelyn] Anite he said.

9:30am: Scuffle at Parliament over red ribbons. After he outsmarted police, Bobi Wine made it to Parliament but he was blocked from entering by Head of security, Annabella Nyiramahoro who insisted that the MP had to take off his red ribbon because it is a symbol of demonstrations. She said demonstrations are not allowed at Parliament.

9am: MP Robert Kyagulanyi outsmarts police. The Kyadondo East MP also known as Bobi Wine claims he did not sleep at his home in Magere. He says his home was surrounded by police overnight. He slept in Kamwokya but police still got wind of his presence and when they tried to arrest him, police was overwhelmed by the ghetto youths.

While over seven police officers surrounded his car that was parked at Club Cassablanca, Bobi Wine jumped on a boda boda to Parliament.

8am: Teargas at Makerere University. As early as 2am, Makerere University students were already up demonstrating against the lifting of the age limit. That was enough invitation for the police to fire teargas and arrest some of the students.

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