NRM MPs divided over new proposal to amend the constitution

NRM legislators attending a week-long caucus retreat at the National Leadership Training Institute Kyankwanzi are divided over a proposal said to be marketed by the State Minister for Urban Development, Isaac Musumba, to amend the constitution and change the mode for electing the President.

The MPs who arrived in Kyankwanzi yesterday, Wednesday, have spent the bigger part of the day listening to presentations from former Uganda Investment Authority boss Dr Maggie Kigozi and businessman Patrick Bitature who lectured the MPs on lessons, challenges and prospects of investment in Uganda.

The retreat, under the theme; Industrialization for job creation and shared prosperity was meant to be officially opened by President Yoweri Museveni who also doubles as NRM national chairman.

The President had been lined up to deliver a keynote address on building a resilient and an integrated self-sustaining economy but since he arrived shortly after the fall of darkness, his program was rescheduled to tomorrow (Thursday).

NRM MPs and Ministers at NALI Kyankwanzi

As they awaited Museveni’s arrival, some MPs were seen lobbying for an opportunity to have an one-on-one chat with him, while some in a group led by Musumba started working on a proposal for a constitutional amendment which when accepted will change the system of governance from the current presidential to the Westminster model were a party with the highest number of MPs chooses the head of state.

The same group also talked about reinstating the lower age cap for presidential aspirants but raising it to 45 years.

Presidential age limits were scrapped in December 2017 when the majority of MPs currently at Kyankwanzi voted to delete Article 102(b) from the Constitution. The Article set the lower age limit at 35 years and the upper limit at 75 years which would make Museveni ineligible for re-election in 2021.

But some MPs have told this website that they are not willing to support such a proposal saying that the only political plan on table is to ratify the resolution taken by the Central Executive Committee (CEC) at Chobe Safari Lodge last month.