JEEMA President Asuman Basalirwa and other opposition figures address a joint press conference.

Jeema President Asuman Basalirwa has accused the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda of bribery under the guise of ‘transport refund’ to those who attended a ‘consultative meeting’ in Kigezi.

“This kind of bribery where consultations are done in garages and sitting rooms must stop; people have openly denied the lifting of the age limit, and I must assure Mr. Museveni that we will win, because no dictator ever won a war,” Mr. Basalirwa said at a joint press briefing convened by the opposition at the Forum for Democratic Change offices in Najjanankumbi.

Last week the National Resistance Movement (NRM) delegated members including Dr. Rugunda, to traverse the country to consult on the contentious issue of the age limit that is currently capped at 75 years.

“I hear that ISO and the RDCs give list of names of the people to be consulted. However, prominent anti-age limit crusaders are excluded; legislators  were not voted in from garages and bedrooms, so every Uganda must be include in the exercise,” Basalirwa added.

Former Rubaga South MP Ken Lukyamuzi lauded ministers who have restrained themselves from making any comments about the age limit removal.

“They realized that their boss is taking the wrong path; don’t scare us, we can also hit back,” Lukyamuzi threatened.

Acting FDC president Alice Alaso, weighed in, backing the striking medics with the argument that the government has the ability to increase their salaries.

“The doctor’s, prosecutors, teachers and lecturers’ strikes: That should tell you that the country’s service delivery has broken down. These are all symptoms, the government should own up to the failure in service delivery. Where are the taxes going? This is complete failure of the Museveni government,” Ms. Alaso said.

Collectively, the opposition also chided the NRM, saying the party had abdicated its responsibility to Ugandans, in the process distorting its own history.

“Years ago, citizens saw a man kneeling to beg for the restoration of the Constitution now the same man is bent on destroying it,” they said in respect to ongoing move by the NRM to expunge the age limit clause, Article 102 (b), from the Constitution.

 

 

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