Uganda Votes Bill To End Presidential Age-Limit

In Uganda there will be no age limit for the president. 317 members of parliament voted in favor of related draft bill to scrap age-limit while 97 voted against it. The bill finally has reached at the table of President Yoweri Museveni for his consent and to become law thereafter.

The country will be heading towards general elections in three years and technically Museveni will run for the office again. He has been in power for 31 years and Africa’s third longest president after Cameroon’s Paul Biya and Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo

Currently countries like United States, Tanzania and Kenya have no such presidential age limits, but they do have terms limits. Nelson Mandela took the office after he was 75.

People showed mixed reactions in capital city Kampala. One of the residents said, “I had heard that many legislators had said that they would not vote in favor, I’m very disappointed… I don’t understand why people are making noise and shouting. They know democracy is about numbers,” another resident argued. “The opposition said it had support, now the NRM has won, that’s the power of the majority,”

Even though the ruling party has more than two-thirds of seats in parliament, but members are divided over the matter.

Lawmaker Patrick Nsamba said it seems his party, National Resistance Movement (NRM) seems to be under resourced in terms of leaders.

Opposition member Reagan Okumu said they will decide their own destiny and don’t need the same leader again and again to rule on them.

Some other lawmakers from northern and eastern parts of the country are talking in the same tone.