Age limit: Police stop joint consultative rallies

Kenneth Kazibwe

Kenneth Kazibwe

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Police have stopped politicians especially from the opposition from joint consultative rallies in regards to age limit.

Opposition politicians have since last week been organizing joint rallies intended to consult locals about lifting of the age limit from the constitution.

However, according to a message from AIGP Asuman Mugyenyi, the police Director in charge of operations, dated October 16,politicians have been stopped from carrying out consultative meetings in constituencies they don’t represent.

“MPs should strictly consult in their constituencies.Those MPs moving or intending to move in order to support counterparts or consult outside their constitutencies must be stopped,”reads in part the message to all Regional Police Commanders,District Police Commanders and police stations around the country.

According to the message by the police director in charge of operations, consultations should not include illegal demonstrations, illegal processions, inciting violence and use of hate campaigns.

“Consultations should not include abusive language,acts of hooliganism,and intimidation of people perceived to be supporting the removal of age limit.”

AIGP Mugenyi warned,”All RPCS,DPCS and OC stations are directed to enforce this directive.”

Speaking during the start of their joint rallies in regards to age limit,opposition Members of Parliament  asked the public to do all it takes to ensure they make life for those in support of lifting of the age limit difficult.

“If they come to your shops, don’t sell anything to them. If they come to sit with you in church, don’t allow them. If they insist, walk out and leave the church so they can stay alone,”Makindye East MP Ibrahim Kasozi told locals at Naguru Community centre in Nakawa division on Friday afternoon.

The opposition legislators said that this is the only chance that Ugandans have to ensure a peaceful transition but noted this can only be done with all efforts put together.

Rubaga North constituency MP Moses Kasibante told locals that as opposition, their goal is not consulting them whether to lift the age limit from the constitution or not but rather telling them what to do with anyone who tampers with the Constitution.

“When they come to funerals, make their way back home easy by forcing them away. You should make sure they don’t drive home but pick their vehicles from nearby police stations,”Kasibante said.

The joint rallies by opposition politicians were attended by among others the Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza, FDC president , Maj.Gen.Mugisha Muntu and Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago

The motion to introduce a private members bill was moved by Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi recently seeks to among others, lifting  the presidential age limit under Article 102(b) of the Constitution.

Article 102 (b) emphasizes 75 and 35 as the highest and lowest age limits for any to contest as president

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