Age limit motion tabled in parliament

By Moses Kyeyune

Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi has been granted leave by parliament to present a private members bill for a constitution amendment on the presidential age limit.

The lawmaker will now proceed to have the bill published in the gazette before it is tabled for first reading in parliament.

Despite efforts by Fort Portal Municipality MP Alex Ruhunda, the Speaker insisted that submissions on the matter will come after the bill is presented.

The bill which mainly targets Article 102 (b) has been widely criticized, with numerous scenes of chaos in parliament, culminating into the arrest of anti-amendment lawmakers.

Opposition Members of Parliament have this evening walked out of the house, over the manner in which their colleagues were arrested earlier today.

Led by the Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza, the MPs accuse the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga of allegedly aiding oppression of legislators.

Twenty Five MPs have been suspended over alleged breach of parliamentary rules of procedure.

Water State Minister Ronald Kibuule has been suspended for entering the chamber with a gun.

Meanwhile, Lwemiyaga County’s Theodore Sekikubo, Mathias Mpuuga and Ibrahim Semujju have been arrested under unclear circumstances and taken to an unknown destination.

Police and other plain clothed security personnel stormed the parliament chambers pushing a number of opposition legislators out.

The officers have also beaten and confiscated a number of cameras and mobile phones from journalists.

Human rights activists have condemned the suspension of some legislators by the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.

The executive director of the Foundation for Human rights Initiative Dr. Livingstone Ssewanyana tells KFM that this is a sign of growing intolerance on the side of the speaker.