Age limit: People opposed to the plan beaten, detained in Lwengo

Age limit: People opposed to the plan beaten, detained in Lwengo

A section of National Resistance Movement supporters who support the lifting of the age limit from the Constitution, in Kinoni Town Council, Lwengo District have assaulted and injured several people who are opposed to the scheme.

A group opposed to the amendment of Article 102 (b) that disqualifies people above 75 years from contesting for presidency, that was on Tuesday led by Mr Hakim Kizza was cornered in Kinoni Town Council on the Masaka-Mbarara Road, by assailants who were armed with sticks.

After assaulting the demonstrators, the attackers who were allegedly mobilised by supporters of Bukoto South Member of Parliament, Mr Muyanja Mbabaali, took them to the nearby police station where they were detained.

Some of the attackers say, since they did not know the motive of the demonstrators, they had to mobilise themselves to stop people who were “threatening security and business in the township.”

However, Mr Kizza said as residents of Bukoto South Constituency, they cannot allow people who are peddling “lies” that they have embraced efforts to amend the Constitution.

The Southern Regional Police spokesman, Mr Lameck Kigozi said they warned the demonstrators, against demonstrating without getting police permission.

He said police received information about the beatings and they are investigating the incident adding that nobody would be allowed to cause chaos by opposing the lifting of the age limit.