Uganda: 56 people arrested over illegal meetings

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Police in Uganda have arrested 56 people for holding illegal meetings, authorities said on Thursday.Police didn’t specify what people were discussing at the gatherings, but opposition activists say they’re linked to government plans to remove age limits for presidential candidates that could prevent Yoweri Museveni running for a sixth term in 2021.

 

Dozens arrested in Uganda

Police say the activists were arrested as they held “unlawful assemblies” in the suburbs north of Kampala, which violates the country’s Public Order Management Act of 2013.

Public opposition has been growing in Uganda since local media last week reported on government plans to remove the age cap on presidential candidates. Uganda’s constitution currently states that presidential candidates should be no older than 75. The move would allow President Yoweri Museveni to run again in 2021 and extend his stay in power beyond 35 years.

Activists say the 56 people arrested at illegal meetings last week gathered to oppose the government’s plan.

 

President for life

President Yoweri Museveni, who is now serving his fifth term in power, is 72 years old. He’ll be 76 by the time Uganda holds its next presidential election in 2021. In 2005, the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party changed the constitution to remove a two-term limit for presidents, allowing Museveni to secure a third term in power in 2006.

Removing the age limit on candidates could see Museveni secure his sixth term in power in 2021.

 

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About Aaron Brooks

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.