Former presidential candidate Col (rtd) Kizza Besigye has this afternoon castigated police acting promptly to arrest and siege the homes of opposition leaders, as preparations were underway to table a motion aimed at expunging the age limit clause, Article 102 (b), from the Constitution.
Addressing the press at the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) office on Katonga Road, Besigye said the police had failed to contain security concerns like the gruesome murder of women in Entebbe and Nansana, and instead turned their wrath on the opposition.
Dr. Besigye, who was pronouncing himself on the current wave by NRM MPS to lift the constitutional age limit that is capped at 75 years, also said the use of military to stop political processes is confirmation that the opposition is not dealing with NRM party but a political junta. “In order to have political and constitutional stability and peaceful transition of power, the 1995 Constitution was put in place. However, the removal of age limit clause will render it useless; what is going on is not a matter between NRM and opposition, but rather about the oppressor and oppressed. Therefore, the age limit clause is the only remaining provision to check against life presidency that will push President Museveni out of power,” Dr. Besigye said.
“We expect all these injustices that is why it will take a struggle and sacrifice to redeem this country,” he added, while reacting to the several arrests made yesterday, notably that of the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, who was found at his home in Wakaliga, Lubaga Division.
Yesterday, Igara West Raphael Magyezi was scheduled to table a motion before Parliament in support of the removal of age limit clause from the Constitution, but this was deferred to next week by the Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, who said he needed to further consult with his boss, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.
He also condemned the act of cordoning of the Parliament, saying that it had been deprived of its representational mandate.