Member of Parliament for Buwekula County, Maj Joseph Kakooza (Rtrd), had to cut short an age limit consultation meeting in Kitenga sub-county in Mubende District, after locals turned rowdy and failed him to speak.
Youth dressed in red kerchiefs and holding placards written on “Togikwatako 102b”, started to sing the national anthem unceasingly. Kakooza grabbed microphone and labored to explain why he had called the meeting before concluding; “I have closed this meeting”.
His words came as relief to the locals who shouted in jubilation and marched out to continue their singing.
“We people of Kitenga have not allowed to amend the constitution, MPs have been swearing to defend it, we therefore don’t allow the amendment,” one of the locals said
“President Museveni should retire and let others also have a chance to lead this country,” another added
However, other locals had a dissenting view, saying they support the amendment.
“I also want to hold a position like Vice President at my age, so I support the amendment. People think it only about the 75 years of age, they forget even the lower age cap will be amended to benefit the youth,” one of them said
“President Museveni has done good things for this country, we have peace and security, I support the amendment,” another added.
Kakooza now joins a list of fellow legislators who have tasted the wrath of locals against the amendment. These include; his name sake, James Kakooza who was chased by taxi drivers and Boda Boda riders over the weekend.
Others include; Kagoma MP, Moses Walyomu who was chased by voters in Jinja, Jackline Atuhaire of Sheema District who has been booed at all her public gatherings, Jovline Kyomuka of Ibanda District who survived lynching, Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga who was attacked by arsonists at his home and Amolatar’s Doreen Amule whom voters threatened to clobber.