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Written by  Dec 18, 2017

 A section of MPs sitting on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee have written a minority report pushing Parliament to reject the controversial Constitution (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2017 in its entirety.

The Bill presented by the Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi seeks to, among others, amend Article 102(b) which bars people below 35 and those above 75 years from standing for the office of President. Magyezi, supported by the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), wants both the age limits opened up. 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. "lt offends the Rules of Procedure and Public Finance Management Act in respect of Certificate of Financial implications and we invite members to recall the history of this country and reject this bill in its entirety," reads part of the recommendation to Parliament.URN

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