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Police quiz Ugandan journalists over Museveni power bill story

KAMPALA – Daily Monitor and Red Pepper editors on Monday appeared at the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) for questioning over stories on a bill that seeks to amend the constitution and remove the 75-age limit cap on presidency.

Dan Kalinaki, the Nation Media Group Uganda general manager- Editorial, Charles Bichachi, the executive editor of Daily Monitor and Richard of Red Pepper were interrogated by the police for publishing stories that were critical of the bill, which if passed, will allow President Museveni to stand again in 2021.

President Museveni, 73, is not legible stand in 2021 because he will be 77.

Bichachi said: “We are curious to know what issues the police or any other party has with our story that is grounded in facts, balance and perspective. We shall report to CID as summoned and hear what police has to say.”

The police summonses followed a story published by the Daily Monitor on October 12 that at least 23 legislators, 15 Parliament staff, 15 police officers and five drivers are to draw Shs17.7m in allowances more than 10 days for upcountry consultations on the proposal to scrap presidential age limit.

“The removal or retention of the age limit cap in the constitution is a matter that touches on every Ugandan. We shall cover it in its entirety for the benefit of our readers and the country in general,”  Bichaachi said.

The draft Bill to scrap the presidential age limit caps from the 1995 Constitution was recently tabled before parliament amidst protests from MPs across the political divide.

House Speaker Rebecca Kadaga forwarded the Bill to the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs that is supposed to carry put nationwide consultations.

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