Opposition to Unveil New Roadmap for Countrywide Consultations

Uganda’s opposition has put police on notice, saying it does not expect interference when the politicians commence nationwide consultation meetings on the proposed constitutional amendments including the presidential age limit.

The opposition claims the NRM Central Executive Committee has been moving around the country, holding Town hall meetings on the age limit consultations.

This was revealed by Asuman Basalirwa during a press conference at FDC

“We’ve noticed that these meetings have been peaceful and without Police interruption,” said MP Asuman Basalirwa.

“We are also rolling out a detailed program the way our colleagues have done, since the stage has been set. We shall give Police notice and we do not expect Police to interrupt,” he added.

Speaking at the FDC press conference in Kampala on Monday, Basalirwa condemned what he described as “exception and bribery in the consultations.”

He emphasised: “Recently the Prime Minister made people to line up to receive money. This kind of bribery must stop.”

Most MPs have been consulting on the age limit bill across the country.

The opposition could be planning to build momentum to grow a critical mass that will put up resistance against passing of the Bill.

Basalirwa said security operatives are conducting consultations in “garages and sitting rooms, whereby the ISO and the RDCs give list of names of the people to be consulted, those that are known to be opposing are excluded.”

He added: “We want to call upon Ugandans especially the young people to demand these leaders for consultations from them. These leaders were not elected in garages and bed rooms.”

Basalirwa also condemned what he called increasing violence in the country and attacks on religious leaders by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda and the Minister without Portfolio.

“Government must allow religious leaders to express their views.  We want to comfort the religious leaders that the majority of the people are with them,” said Basalirwa.

Rugunda last week denied attacking religious leaders.

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