By Yosam Gucwaki
Youth leader arrested over age limit
Police in Masindi has arrested the former youth chairperson in charge of
Pakanyi Sub County who is also the community mobilizer for Recreation for Development and peace (RDP) over inciting people to oppose plans to remove the presidential age limit from the constitution of Uganda.
The acting District police commander Masindi; Edwin Atukunda,
has identified the suspect as Lawrence Musigi a resident of Pakanyi Sub
County; in Masindi district.
Speaking to www.mknewslink.com reporter yesterday morning, Atukunda noted that Musige allegedly went to Pakanyi Sub County and started inciting people there to protest against the government plans to lift of age limit cap.
The ruling NRM party is championing a motion to change the article 102 (b) of the 1995 Uganda’s constitution and allow president to rule the country even beyond the age of 75 years.
Atukunda noted that though Musigi insisted that he was consulting the community on the issues of age limit, eye witnesses pinned him over inciting the public to protest against the age limit removal.
He added that what triggered police to arrest Misigi was the mode of
mobilization he was using adding that he was doing it without clearance from police.
Atukunda also said that Musigi will be produced in court because he
was involved in a contentious matter without the knowledge of the
police. He also said that Musigi will be charged with threatening
When contacted the Executive Director, Recreation for Development and Peace, Robert Muhangi, confirmed that Musigi was organizing a youth a dialogue on behalf of RDP whereby the youth need the government to change the constitutional article that states that the d youthful starts from 18-30 years which has been hindering
many youth from participating in governance positions as stated in the local government act 1997.
He noted that a youth of 35 years can’t contest for district and sub
county chairperson but a youth of similar age bracket can contest for
a Member of Parliament seat saying that this limits the youth to
actively engage in decision making process.
However, a source who preferred anonymity, explained the Musigi was
organizing a dialogue between people who are pro age limit amendment
and the ones who are against the motion.