Kampala, Uganda|Godfrey Ssali| Arua Municipality Member of Parliament Col. Ibrahim Abiriga has scoffed at members of the opposition and a section of members of the public that are criticizing him on social media over his stand on lifting the presidential age limit.
Abiriga revealed that he is receiving threatening messages as well calls from furious Ugandans warning him about his continued push for the omnibus amendment of Article 102 (b) of the constitution to allow President Yoweri Museveni to run again for presidency.
Article 102 (b) states that a person is not qualified for election as president of Uganda if he or she is “less than thirty-five years and or more than seventy-five years of age.
Museveni, who turns 73 later this year, will be 76 by 2021 and thus ineligible to stand for president under the constitution as it is today.
However, Abiriga said that he will continue with his campaign undeterred by the criticism he has been getting because President Museveni is a gift from God.
“We shall only think of a new president when Museveni dies. There will be be age limit. This constitution was made by people and it can be amended by the same,” said Abiriga
Abiriga warns UYD youths
Abiriga also put the police on alert over remarks by youths from Uganda Young Democrats (UYD) that they will attack anyone who tries to push for the amendment of Article 102 (b) of the constitution to allow President Yoweri Museveni to run again for presidency.
Abiriga said that the campaign launched by the youths dubbed “hands off Article 102 (b)” of the constitution is misguided and must be thwarted.
Under their platform Uganda Young Democrats led by their chairman Christopher Okidi,, the youth argued that passing the contentious bill will be a gateway to life presidency and dictatorship in the country.
However,Abiriga said the youths may be planning to disrupt peace ushered in by the ruling National Resistance Movement.