- Youthful Ugandan members of parliament are kicking for the removal of an age limit for presidents
- The current age limit for presidential candidates is 75, the MPs want the limit removed or increased
- There has been severe backlash but these activists are not backing down
Members of parliament in Uganda are backing the lifting of the presidential age limit. The young Ugandans say they will not be intimidated by opponents to the change.
The change would allow President Yoweri Museveni, in power for 31 years, to be a candidate in 2021. The upper age limit for how old someone can be to run for president is currently 75.
According to BBC, the MPs, from the governing National Resistance Movement (NRM), appeared in the grounds of parliament wearing T-shirts with 75+ written on the back made by the Kick Age Limit Out of the Constitution youth group.
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At a press conference, some of the MPs said opposition supporters have threatened them and they do not mind being matyrs.
Another of the activists said they could cannot be intimidated because they have the numbers in parliament.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the special assistant on new media to Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, Bamikole Omishore wrote extensively on the Not Too Young to Run and Independent Candidacy Bill.
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He said: "The time of youth is the best time of one’s life; the peak period when purpose should be chased and dreams fulfilled.
"It is however a parody that according to reports, 73% of young people are restricted from running for office even when eligible to vote, and 51% of the population are under 30 years, but only 2% are members of parliament.
"These facts go a long way to puzzle the mind, but more puzzling is the fact that people between the ages of 20 and 44 make up 57% of the world's voting age yet only 26% are members of parliament in different countries."
Watch this NAIJ.com video of young Nigerians protesting about the bill: