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MP Magyezi ‘private members bill’ on Order Paper

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Igara West legislator Raphael Magyezi will this afternoon table his ‘private members bill’ that is aimed at lifting the 75-year presidential age limit cap.

This development follows the late inclusion of the bill on the Order Paper.

Earlier today, the bill was not on the Order Paper and the MP had said he would petition Speaker Rebecca Kadaga seeking for explanations as to why it had not been included on the Order Paper for two consecutive plenary sittings.

In an interview at Parliament, Mr. Magyezi said he followed all the procedures to table the motion, which sections of the public say is aimed at paving the way for President Yoweri Museveni, who is currently constitutionally-barred from contesting for presidency, to stand again in 2021. Currently, President Museveni is 73 years.

“The Order Paper is the prerogative of the Speaker; she is the one to decide on what should be included on it. But I followed the right procedures, filed a notice for motion with a draft copy of the bill,” Magyezi said at the time.

According to Magyezi, his motion is intended to make Ugandans ‘happy’ in that they will have a chance to elect a leader of any age.

Last week Magyezi expressed worry that he is receiving threatening messages from Ugandans who are against the controversial age limit debate.

 

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