Age Limit: MP Kakooza survives lynching

James Kakooza, the Kabula county MP, survived lynching over the weekend for supporting the scrapping of the presidential age limit. 

Kakooza was one of the mourners who turned up at Nakawanga village in Kisekka sub county in Lwengo district for the burial of 76-year- old Vincent Nsamba, the father of Masaka Municipality MP, Mathias Mpuuga.

No sooner had Kakooza arrived than the mourners jeered at him and asked him to leave immediately.

The angry mourners told Kakooza he wasn't welcome to the funeral, since he is one of the enemies of Uganda for supporting the proposed amendment of 102 (b) of the Constitution, which caps the president's age to 75 years.

Some of the mourners started charging at the MP and threatened to lynch him unless he leaves the funeral.

The Masaka Municipality MP, Mathias Mpuuga moved Kakooza closer to his seat and assured him of his safety as mourners continued pointing fingers at him.

This prompted the Katikkiro, Charles Peter Mayiga, who was the chief mourner, to intervene.

He asked the mourners to exercise restraint and pardon Kakooza, saying he would speak to him.

However, the mourners continued threatening Kakooza forcing the funeral organisers to keep him inside the house.

He was helped to leave the funeral by the Katikkiro's guards.

It is not yet clear why the mourners targeted Kakooza since there were other National Resistance Movement-NRM party members like Christopher Kalemba, the Kakuuto MP and the Nsangi LC III Chairperson, Hajj Abdul Kiyimba among others.

But unlike other NRM leaders, Kakooza has been a vocal supporter of the proposal to lift the presidential age limit just like he was during the lifting of the term limits in 2005.

In his speech, Mayiga applauded the legislators who stood their grounds to protect the Constitution.

Mayiga said he was very happy with MPs like Mpuuga who don't change their positions on key issues.

Speaking at the same funeral, Dr Kizza Besigye, the former FDC president, called for civil disobedience.

He said it is time that those opposed to the life presidency and those in favor are known.

Besigye said he is sure President Museveni will be defeated with the civil disobedience campaign, which is expected to start tomorrow, October 3.

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