State House dismisses age limit bribery allegations

By Moses Kyeyune:

State House has dismissed allegations by the opposition that the 29 million shilling to MPs in the guise of age limit consultations is a bribe from president Museveni.

This comes shortly after the opposition Chief Whip Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda told journalists at parliament that the money is a bribe for MPs to pass the controversial bill, for the amendment of article 102 (b) of the Constitution to lift the presidential age limit.

The Senior Presidential Press Secretary Don Wanyama has however described the allegations as unfortunate.

He says that President Museveni does not have to first bribe MPs for laws to be passed.

Allegations of the president bribing MPs to pass controversial bills came to the fore in 2005 after lawmakers allegedly received Shs5 million to scrap presidential term limits from the Constitution, to allow Museveni contest for president in the 2006 polls after he had served two terms that had been stipulated in the Constitution.