Uganda: Official Says Cabinet Retreat was Not about Scrapping age Limit on Presidency

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Uganda government has denied claims that the recent cabinet retreat was intended to discuss the scrapping of age limits to enable Yoweri Museveni to run for another term after 2022.

The meeting took place at the National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi, approximately 175 kilometers from the capital Kampala. A district ruling party member from the same area, Ann Maria Nankabirwa said members from her region want age limit on presidency scrapped.

The government spokesperson and executive director of Uganda Media Centre, Ofwono Opondo said the retreat discussed service delivery.

“NRM has not officially taken the proposal on lifting the age limit into consideration, at least for now. Unless you are stupid, I have said it before and I will say it again, lifting age limit never came up in Kyankwanzi,” Opondo said.

“This time around, there was no discussion on the person of Mr Museveni or the age limit. The Kyankwanzi woman MP who wants age limit lifted wanted to come for the retreat but wasn’t allowed,” he told local television NBS.

He said “quality of service delivery is still an issue and the retreat focused on finding solutions”.

The week-long retreat was attended by ministers, permanent secretaries and NRM’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) to pave way forward on Mr Museveni’s dream of taking Uganda to a middle-income status.

The retreat, organised through the NRM secretariat and in conjunction with the Office of the Prime Minister, was under the theme: Sustaining steady progress: Cabinet cohesion, efficiency and effectiveness for enhanced service delivery and job creation.

Credit: Daily Monitor