Age limit: Committee chairperson denies being compromised

By Benjamin Jumbe

The chairman of the legal and parliamentary affairs committee and Member of Parliament for West Budama County Jacob Oboth Oboth has once again dismissed reports of being compromised to fast track the amendment of article 102(b) of the constitution to lift the presidential age limit.

This followed statements made by some members of the committee from the opposition including Medard Seggona and Mathius Mpuuga, claiming some members had been given handouts to have the bill sail through.

Meanwhile Lwemiyaga County Member of Parliament Theodore Sekikubo also claimed that the committee had already come up with a report and was only trying to dupe the public.

However the committee chairperson Oboth Oboth vehemently denies the claims that have been made against him before.

He maintains that the planned retreat for the committee to write its final report will proceed as scheduled this week.

The committee last evening met the president at statehouse Entebbe to get his views on the controversial bill that was moved by Raphael Magyezi, the Member of Parliament for Igara West Constituency.

Details of the meeting that started late afternoon were not readily available as security had reportedly forced MPs to handover their mobile phones, cutting off their communication with the outside world.