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Debate on contentious age limit report set for Monday

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The shenanigans surrounding the debate and passing of the Presidential Age Limit Bill have apparently metamorphosed after Speaker Rebecca Kadaga announced that the long awaited report by the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee is set to be tabled on Monday, November 18, 2017.

The pronouncement follows the ping pong between Government and Parliament that kept people guessing for the whole week, as to when the Age Limit Bill.

Kadaga acknowledged receiving both the majority and minority reports from MPs on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee report yesterday and set Monday as the day for Parliament to scrutinize those reports.

“So I am giving notice that we shall convene on Monday at 9:00am in the morning so that we can have sufficient time for the debate. I am now directing the Clerk to upload the reports so that members can study them through the weekend ready for Monday,” Kadaga said.

It should be recalled that the public was ready to witness the debate on the report on Tuesday, but their eagerness was shattered after Parliament failed to feature the report on the Order Paper for the three days the August House has been holding plenary sittings.

Instead, the item only featured as notice on ‘Business to Follow’.

The bill tabled by Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi has come under serious criticism from opposition MPs and sections of the public, with many arguing that it is aimed at paving the way for a ‘Museveni life presidency’.

President Museveni, who has been in power for 31 years is now 73, and failure to expunge Article 102 (b) will mean that he does not appear on the ballot in 2021 because he will be above the constitutionally-mandated age of 75 years.

 

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