National Resistance Movement (NRM) mobiliser in Kampala Faridah Mayanja has today launched the ‘Tutereze Article 102b’ campaign aimed at lifting the presidential age limit that is set at 75 years in the constitution of Uganda.
Addressing NRM youth and supporters at Nakivubo blue primary school, Muyanja said the NRM need to maintain President Yoweri Museveni in the top seat by seeking to amend Article 102 b of the Constitution to allow him to stand in 2021.
“We appreciate the great work done by President Museveni, we still want him to do more great things,” Ms. Mayanja said at the launch of the Tutereze Article 102b campaign.
The Rubaga Division NRM Woman Councilor Grace Ssozi Nambaale, also said they will traverse the country selling their idea to Ugandans.
The move by Ms. Mayanja and Ms. Nambaale follows that of the MP for Kassanda South Simeo Nsubuga and his Arua municipality counterpart Col. Ibrahim Abiriga, who have already initiated campaigns for the removal of age limit cap.
It is not clear if Mr. Museveni and his party are in support of the initiatives but sometime in July the President dismissed those debating the age limit removal as ‘idlers’. At the time his Advisor on Political Affairs David mafabi was leading a group of NRM supporters at kati kati restaurant, to among other issues, expunge the age limit from the Constitution.
The removal of age limit has generated heated debate and opposition, and in July Democratic Party members led by the President General Norbert Mao launched a counter-campaign dubbed ‘Togikwatako’ aimed at blocking any attempts to amend Article 102b of the Constitution.
At the time the DP leadership said Uganda needs another leader come 2021 because Museveni ‘has been an agent of poverty, unemployment and corruption’.