Parliament Shuts Down As Age Limit Debate Flops

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Parliament was today a no-go area as legislators prepared to receive a motion on Constitutional Amendment to scrap off presidential age limit.

Precincts of parliament were heavily guarded by police and SFC with police patrols roaming all over, making several arrests where even some MPs found it difficult to access the parliamentary building.

By 1pm, about 270 out of 449 MPs had taken their seats waiting for Speaker to chair the House where the mover of the private member’s bill Raphael Magyezi was expected to seek leave from parliament to present this bill that intends to scrap age limit.

However, to peoples’ surprise, the motion was not even on the Order Paper as Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah who chaired the House, told MPs that the motion will be tabled next week.

“Yes, I had a meeting with the speaker today and she said that she needed sufficient time to read and understand the motion because her office is still stuck with several petitions. So probably next week, it will be tabled,” Oulanyah said as opposition MPs jubilated.

On Tuesday, Oulanyah told MPs that he would not accept this motion to be tabled until he met the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to discuss how it should be handled.

Efforts to have MPs discuss other matters on the order paper faced a setback, forcing Oulanyah to adjourn the House.

“Members I have realized you (MPs) don’t want to sit and therefore the speaker is not willing to chair members who are not willing to sit,” he said before adjourning the House to Tuesday next week.

 

 

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