The newly-elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Pakwach District, Jane Pacutho Avur, has noted that the current Age Limit debate is not meant for the sitting president, but to cater for all citizens of Uganda with aspirations of becoming president.
Concluding her week-long consultations on the Age Limit Bill, Avur who combed all the six sub-counties of the district, received mixed reactions from the voters. Some wondered how within a short while she could come back to them.
Some groups of youth in Ganda Parish of Panyimur sub-county were seen tying red ribbons on their heads, a sign of opposition to the Age Limit amendment. They said that their intention was to ask the President to employ the jobless youth.
Many other excited residents unanimously referred to Land Commission saying that there should be an amendment to the Land Bill to save them from the Government big shots who cheat them while buying their land.
However, the MP explained that her visit was to seek the people’s views on the on-going Age Limit debate about Article 102 (b) of the Constitution that intends to remove the lower presidential age limit of 35 years; and that of above 75 years.
Avur also explained that the Land Bill that seeks to leave land in the hands of the owners as individuals, or as communal land ownership, except when Government development projects affects parts of the land,
She added that the Government will pay compensation basing on the prevailing price, in consultation with the Government valuer, before the start of such a project.