In a show of solidarity Opposition MPs and some Independents pulled out red headbands which they wore as they sang the Uganda National anthem while marching out of parliament following the adjournment.
It brought to an end a dramatic Thursday had started with arrests, marches in Kampala and several places across the country despite Police chief Gen Kale Kayihura having banned any protests.
Police fired teargas at students who defied a police order banning protests as they demonstrated the proposed removal of presidential age limits.
Police on Wednesday had issued an order banning protests, but this was ignored by hundreds of students at the country’s main Makerere University.
The students were tear-gassed, chased and detained by armed officers in return.
The students in the capital Kampala waved branches and chanted “K’ogikwatako!” — meaning “Don’t dare touch it!” in the local Luganda language — in reference to the constitutional clause on age limits.
Armed officers — including military police — fired volleys of teargas forcing the students to flee to their residence halls and hostels.
Prominent opposition politicians were also detained or arrested on Thursday, including opposition leader Kizza Besigye, who has lost four successive elections to Museveni. Also detained was Kampala Mayor Irias Lukwago.
Small protests also took place elsewhere in the capital and the country.
In the northern town of Lira, demonstrators left a mock coffin at a central road junction with “The removal of the presidential age limit is the death of our country” painted on the side.
On Wednesday evening Ugandan police raided the offices of a charity and a think tank which have publicly opposed the constitutional change.
US Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac said Thursday she was “deeply concerned” by the situation.
“We call on the Government of Uganda to guarantee all its citizens freedom of speech, expression, and assembly, without fear of intimidation,” she said in a statement.
The day ended with events of the day on all the late night TV shows. Social media was also dominated by the highs and lows of the day, including an incident where MP Betty Nambooze tried to take off the cap of MP Abiriga in the middle of a live NTV show.
On NBS TV, government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) has the required numbers to push through constitutional ammendments constitutionally, and it is a matter of time before the “Age Limit Motion” is tabled. He said he was confident it would be passed eventually.