Following recent attacks and threats on individuals who have expressed divergent views on constitutional matters, Ministers in a Friday August 4 cabinet sitting set resolutions that will provide an atmosphere that accommodates wide-ranging debates.
During the meeting, Cabinet members cited last week incident in Mubende District during the celebrations to mark Kabaka Mutebi’s 24th coronation anniversary where Kassanda South MP Simeo Nsubuga was attacked by a one William Ntege aka Kyuma Kya Yesu on account of his view on the proposed amendment of Article 102 (b) of the Constitution. Mr Nsubuga who is a former Police Spokesperson (Kampala Extra) is one of the MPs who have publically supported the amendment of provision to open the age ceiling of 75 years for presidential candidates.
Opponents of the scheme argue that it intended to benefit President Yoweri Museveni, 73, to contest again in 2021. In 2021, Mr Museveni who has been in power for 31 years will be 76 years old.
In a statement issued by Mr Frank K. Tumwebaze, the ICT and National Guidance minister, Cabinet members say cases of extreme intolerance involving actual physical attacks or assault are not only unacceptable but criminal.
The proposed amendment of article (102)(b) led to the arrest of some Democratic Party member in Kampala city for Unlawful Assembly at City Square during the launch of their campaign dubbed ‘K’ogikwatako’.