Mourners Boo Nankabirwa at Dr. Rwendeire’s Funeral Over Age Limit
There was drama at the funeral of Dr. Abel Rwendeire, the former Deputy Chairman of the National Planning Authority at Kibuzigye Primary school playground in Bubaare Sub County in Rubanda District on Sunday.It all started after Rev.Fr. Hebert Agaba, the Kakore Catholic Church Parish Priest who led the funeral mass recognized Reverend Fr. Gaetano Batanyenda, the Chairperson Kigezi Inter-Religious Council and Kitanga Catholic Parish Priest.
He hailed him for his strong mobilisation against the proposed amendment of article 102(b) in the 1995 constitution. Article 102(b) restricts the president’s age to between 35 and 75 years.
All was well until Ruth Nankabirwa; the Government Chief Whip took to the podium. She accused Fr. Batanyenda of being at the forefront of fighting the proposed amendment, saying there is need to amend the article since it is only God who determines one’s age on earth.
Nankabirwa’s statement didn’t go down well with the mourners, they shouted back saying “Togyikwatako” loosely translated don’t touch it, a phrase adopted by those opposed to the proposed constitutional amendment. Other mourners hurled insults at the government whip prompting Fr. Batanyenda to try to grab the microphone from Nankabirwa in vain.