75% of Ugandans want age limit for president maintained – survey

A new survey says majority of Ugandans favor maintaining an age limit of 75 years for presidential candidates

The survey conducted by Afro-barometer shows that up to 75% of Ugandans across the political divide, age, and gender want the presidential age limit maintained

The findings show that more than 8 in 10 Ugandans with at least a secondary education favor keeping the age limit, compared to about 7 in 10 among less-educated respondents.

The survey shows that the support to maintain the age limit among NRM members is at 67% and even more stronger among supporters of the Forum for Democratic Change at 90%) and independents at 77%.

By region, the survey shows that support for the age limit is greatest in Kampala and the Central region and in the Northern region.

Dr Frederick Gooloba Mutebi is the lead investigator for the Afro barometer survey in Uganda       

Meanwhile, a section of the ruling NRM Executive Committee oppose a move by their party to amend the constitution to lift the presidential age limit , saying it may drive the country into anarchy.

The 121 member group describes the move by a section of their colleagues in parliament as selfish and ill intentioned

They want MPs to respect their voters by consulting the electorate.

Story by

Kenneth Lukwago

September 20 2017