KAMPALA, The Bishop of Masaka Diocease, John Baptist Kaggwa, has expressed disappointment with members of the Ugandan Parliament for what he described as ganging up against the will of the majority of Ugandans by passing constitutional amendments to remove the presidential age limit.

Delivering his Christmas message at his diocesan home at Kitovu, some 25 kilometres south of here, Thursday, Bishop Kaggwa said the legislators' decision had drowned the country's political atmosphere into disarray, characterised by uncertainty.

Uganda's parliament approved a Bill removing an upper age limit of 75 years for persons to serve as the country's Head of State with Members from the ruling NRM party overwhelmingly voting for the Bill, which garnered 317 votes, above the 290 votes needed for its approval.

The Bill was passed Wednesday night with most opposition MPs having left the chamber earlier after losing the first vote for the Bill's second reading. During the final vote for the Bill to be passed, 315 MPs voted in favour of the Bill, 62 against and two abstained.

The Bill, which now goes to President Yoweri Museveni for his assent, will enable the 73-leader, who has been in power since 1986, to seek another term when the next presidential election is held in 2021.

Bishop Kaggawa said the country was not convinced with the outcome of the Parliament's move, which he said was open-day betrayal by the representatives of citizens for selfish gains.

He also called for independence of government agencies in the execution of their mandates and responsibilities, which, according to him, will restore public trust in the Government.


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