By Richard Akandwanaho
There was drama yesterday during the burial ceremony of the former Deputy Chairman of Planning Authority, Dr Abel Rwendeire at Kibuzigye Primary School playground in Bushuura parish Bubaare Sub County in Rubanda district, when the Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu clashed with mourners over Age Limit removal.
It all started when Rev Fr Herbert Agaba, the parish priest for Kakore Catholic Parish in Kabale diocese who was presiding over the mass recognized Rev Fr Gaetano Batanyenda, the Chairman Kigezi Inter Religious Council and the Kitanga parish priest and hailed him for championing the message to amend Article 102 b.
However, Nankabirwa said that the article needs to be amended since God is the one who determines the exact age of a person needs to serve on earth.
The Minister was however booed by mourners. Some of them who included Odongo Bigweere and 75 year old Micheal Maramira among others who said the amendment was planned to deny Ugandans a chance to see a peaceful transition of power from President Yoweri Museveni, when his term expires in 2021.
Fr Gaetano Batanyenda vowed to continue preaching against age removal despite what he called intimidations and harassment from those behind it.
The Prime Minister of Uganda Dr David Livingstone Ruhakana Rugunda who was the chief mourner did not comment on the matter.
Rwendeire, 66, succumbed to a heart attack at Nakasero Hospital in Kabala on Thursday morning. He was a member of parliament for Rubanda East from 1996 to 2001. He is survived by a widow Mercy Rwendeire, six daughters, three sons in law and four grand children