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Nambooze: Kadaga is a captive of military regime

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KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze believes Speaker Rebecca Kadaga is not a bad person per se, only that she works on the directives of a military regime.

“The speaker is also a captive of the military regime that has taken over this country,” Nambooze said amid the hullabaloo of the age limit debate.

Nambooze just returned to the country after a spine operation in India following a brutal attack by the president’s elite guards Special Forces Command [SFC] in September.

“It’s very clear she [Kadaga] isn’t free, she would have loved to be free and treat us well but she can’t,” Nambooze said.

She noted that those people [SFC soldiers] would have captured her if she hadn’t chased MPs out of the parliament on 27th September.

“We want NRM to know that we are not here to fight but we are ready to be martyrs for our country,” she added.

But the Speaker says she has already received the main report and minority report on the age limit bill prepared by members of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee.

The minority report is asking Parliament to reject the controversial Constitution (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2017 in its entirety.

The minority report signed by eight legislators is against the recommendations carried in the committee’s main report signed by 20 MPs.

The main committee report agrees with the Bill recommending for the removal of the upper presidential age limit and a reduction of the lower limit to 18 years.

Led by the Shadow Constitutional Affairs Minister Medard Lubega Sseggona and Shadow Attorney General Wilfred Niwagaba, the minority members say that the ‘Age Limit’ Bill is based on wrong assumptions and is not justified in democratic governance.

The other MPs who endorsed the minority report are Monicah Amoding, Adeke Anna Ebaju, Muhammed Nsereko, Abdu Katuntu, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and Mathias Mpuuga.

The committee chaired by West Budama South MP Jacob Oboth-Oboth is recommending that the lower age limit is adjusted to persons aged 18 with no ceiling on the upper age.

According to the committee, age, as a qualification for election is not useful in limiting unsuitable persons from attaining the office of President.

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