The former Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party president Dr. Kizza Besigye, has asked religious and cultural leaders to join efforts with the opposition to stop attempts to amend article 102 from the constitution. The article restricts those seeking to contest for presidency to between 35 and 75 years of age.
Following the resolution by the NRM legislators to move the motion on the floor of Parliament next week on Thursday, Dr. Kizza Besigye, the former FDC party president, has asked religious and cultural leaders to join the opposition to stop attempts to temper with the said constitutional provision.
While campaigning for Doreen Watsemba, the FDC candidate for the Namisindwa district woman MP seat on Wednesday, Besigye said those with intentions of amending the constitution can only be stopped once Ugandans speak with one voice.
He said it is up to the voters to push the legislators and their leaders not to tamper with the constitution. Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the FDC General Secretary also asked the voters to punish all the legislators in support of the proposed amendment. He explained that the constitution is a sacred document that should be protected at all cost.
On her part, Doreen Watsemba, the FDC candidate for the Namisindwa Woman MP seat, asked residents to vote for her and pledged to empower through agriculture and lobbying for projects targeting youths and women. Her rivals include Sarah Netalisire, an independent and the NRM candidate, Canon Grace Namukhula.
The elections are scheduled for September 22, 2017. Namisindwa is one of the districts that came into force at the beginning of this financial year. Others include Bunyangabu, Butebo, Kyotera, Pakwach and Rukiga.