Kabale District Leadership Denounces NRM Life Presidency Supporters
A section of Kabale district leadership has disassociated itself from the Monday demonstration in support of the proposed removal of the presidential age limit from the constitution.
On Monday morning, scores of National Resistance Movement supporters in Kabale District staged a demonstration in support of the constitutional amendment.
The group led by the district party publicity secretary Edison Turyahebwa and the district NRM Youth League Chairperson Sheik Kassim Kamugisha took to Kabale streets with placards bearing messages like; Kick Age Limit out of the Constitution (KALOC), Below 35 years for Presidency Above 75 years for Presidency, Kabale Taxi drivers support lifting of the Presidential Age limit, among others.
The group argues that Article 102 (b) of the constitution of Uganda which sets the presidential age limit at 75 is discriminative and must be amended.
However, on Tuesday during the Kabale District Council, councilors led by Kabale district chairman Patrick Besigye Keihwa dissociated themselves from the group, saying that they were not aware of people behind the move.
The Kabale district male councilor George Saturday Kakwenza, Kamuganguzi councilor Julius Barusya, Kyanamira councilor Pius Rwakimari, Rubaya councilor Boaz March among others joined in denouncing the NRM demonstrators, terming them as selfish people.
Chairman Keihwa said if he had been informed about the reasons behind the street march, he would have invited his councilors to take a stand.
Meanwhile, John Bosco Namara the Kabale District Youth Chairman said his youth council was not party to the street march.
Namara went on to accuse the demonstrators of ferrying people from sub counties of Rubaya, Katuna and Butanda to participate in the march.
He said some of the youth demonstrators were left stranded; having been paid only Shs. 7000, much less than they had been promised.
“I wish request our youth in Kabale to shun such activities organized with selfish interests. I also promise that the youth of Kabale will make a statement when time comes through their leadership,” he said.