Religious leaders call for referendum on age limit

By Moses Ndhaye & Moses Kyeyune

The Inter-Religious Council of Uganda has called for a referendum on the proposed removal of constitutional age cap for running for president.

The current age limit is 75 but the changes to the constitution would allow President Yoweri Museveni whose current age is said to be 73 to run for president again in 2021.

Addressing the media in Kampala this afternoon, the Mufti of Uganda and chairman of the council Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje said this issue should not be politicized because it concerns every one.

Meanwhile Police has summoned three anti- age limit campaign Members of Parliament over allegations of offensive communication and inciting violence.

In a letter dated 15th September 2017, the Director of Criminal Investigations has directed MPs Muhammad Nsereko, Monica Amoding and Theodore Sekikubo to report on Tuesday for questioning before the commissioner responsible for media crimes.

Earlier, however Joseph Ssewungu, one of the MPs opposed to the age limit campaign said they are ready to die defending the constitution.

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change too has revealed plans to stage nationwide demonstrations in protest of the proposed lifting of the age limit by some members of the parliament.

The FDC Secretary General Nandala Mafabi has also told journalists that they intend to petition the Speaker of parliament on the matter on Thursday this week.

Earlier on Monday, at least seven members of the Alternative Pressure group were arrested in Kampala, following demonstrations against a proposed bill to lift the age limit to run for president.

Youth activist group The Alternative, who organised the demonstration, says their offices were broken into last night by soldiers and police.

Another NRM caucus meeting is scheduled for Wednesday ahead of the tabling of the motion on Thursday.