News & Up­dates:
July 6, 2021

At a news con­fer­ence in Par­lia­ment to­day, vis­i­bly an­gry sec­tion of NRM MPs promised to do what­ever it takes to pre­vent any amend­ments to the con­sti­tu­tion with the aim of lift­ing the age limit.

The ‘re­bel’ MPs Muham­mad Nsereko,
Barn­abas Tin­kasi­imire, Theodore Ssekikubo and Wil­fred Ni­wagaba (Ndorwa East) were joined by MP John Bap­tist Nambeshe and MP Fe­lix Okot Ogong to ad­dress me­dia.

MP Ssekikubo de­scribed NRM MPs’ ac­tions as trea­son­able, warn­ing of dis­as­trous con­se­quences should the MPs bring forth the de­bate on
ple­nary.

“I don’t know whether mem­bers are aware that they are act­ing
trea­son­ably. They want to use de­cep­tion to hood­wink bona fide mem­bers of Par­lia­ment that amend­ing the con­sti­tu­tion is a na­tional cause whereas it is not,” said Ssekikubo.

The press con­fer­ence was in re­sponse to Tues­day meet­ing graced by up to seven mem­bers of cab­i­net in­clud­ing De­fense Min­is­ter Adolf Ka­saija Mwe­sige who came up with a res­o­lu­tion to have MP Raphael Magyezi  pre­sent an om­nibus Pri­vate Mem­ber’s Bill to amend the con­sti­tu­tion, in­clud­ing re­mov­ing the age limit.“Mem­bers of the NRM party were hood­winked that they were go­ing to

dis­cuss some­thing else par­tic­u­larly the ma­jor topic which I un­der­stand
they had com­mu­ni­cated to peo­ple was the con­sti­tu­tional land
amend­ment,”  Tin­kasi­imire adding his voice to the mat­ter.

MP Nsereko chal­lenged the group (NRM MPs who sup­port the re­moval of age limit) to pre­sent the mo­tion, as­sur­ing them that their move will be cur­tailed.

“We shall go to the gym, we are prepar­ing. You will not read that
doc­u­ment. We shall tear it, come when you are pre­pared,” said MP
Nsereko, who took the op­por­tu­nity to shame re­li­gious and cul­tural lead­ers for their “si­lence.”

“The best time for a good leader to re­lin­quish power is when you still
have some sem­blance of pop­u­lar­ity,” said MP Nambeshe, adding that “At my age, I have seen it all. Even if I re­main alone, no amount of in­tim­i­da­tion will de­ter me.”

MP Okot Ogong, in po­etic re­marks, said the NRM lead­ers “should know
that there are other peo­ple ca­pa­ble of run­ning the coun­try. If
Pres­i­dent Kagame had re­mained here, I am sure by now you would be say­ing there are no lead­ers, but who has not seen what he has done in Rwanda? Ob­vi­ously, there are many lead­ers.”

The mat­ter later came up dur­ing the ple­nary ses­sion, chaired by deputy Speaker Oulanyah, Hon Nam­booze said if it is okay for mem­bers of Par­lia­ment to start de­bat­ing the con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment bill.  However Oulanyah ruled, say­ing Par­lia­ment does not dis­cuss is­sues in an­tic­i­pa­tion.