FDC: Museveni ‘determined to legalise his life presidency’

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One of Uganda’s leading opposition groups says President Yoweri Museveni is “determined to legalise his life presidency” by lifting the age limit on presidential candidates.

Nathan Nandala Mafabi, secretary general of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), told reporters on Monday that Museveni is one step away from legalising his ongoing presidency, which has already seen him secure five terms in power.

 

Last hurdle for Museveni

After successfully scrapping the country’s two-term limit in 2005, only one constitutional hurdle remains between Museveni and a lifetime presidency. Currently, the constitution rules that candidates must be aged between 35 and 75 years of age (Article 102b).

Museveni will be 76 when Uganda holds its next presidential election in 2021.

However, the government is now pushing for Article 102b to be deleted from the country’s constitution. FDC Secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi says this will be the last step for Museveni to legalise his push for a lifetime presidency.

“The proposed deletion of Article 102b will be the final blow to our political stability because it will deny the country the opportunity for a well-managed political transition,” he said. “It is clear Mr Museveni, who is the engineer and funder of this project is determined to legalise his life presidency instead of just decreeing in the way former President Amin did.”

 

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.