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Age Limit Protests: Besigye calls for full involvement of religious leaders

Dr Kizza Besigye. Courtecy Photo.

Former FDC presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye has said defending Uganda’s constitution against against all forms of abuse and violation is a non partisan issue hence religious leaders have the greatest responsibility to offer.

According to the 61-year-old, the reason there is a constitution in any given country is because it a reflection of the majorities will.

“That is why we respect law,” Besigye said while addressing journalists at his home in Kasangati, Wakiso District on Tuesday.

“We are fighting for the soul of our country, for the heart of the country, for the foundation of the country. It is not a matter of partisanship. That is why we have been calling upon religious leaders because they are the moral leaders of the country,” he said.

“They have the greatest responsibility to offer leadership in this, because it is not a partisan thing. It is about justice. There is no faith that I know that is not centered on justice,” he continued.

In regard to grenade attacks on opposition MPs, Besigye pinned government, noting that these attacks are aimed at scaring and instiling fear among citizens who are opposed to the planned lifting of the presidential age limit.

“It is a move by Mr Museveni’s government to intimidate the MPs and the whole population not to join the campaign against lifting of the presidential age limit. However, this shouldn’t scare them,” Besigye said.

On Saturday, Besigye asked Ugandans to leave their cars at home once every week to show solidarity with the rest of the citizens who are opposed to lifting the age limit, a move that has today been foiled by Police with arrest of several including FDC secretary for mobilization, Ms Ingrid Turinawe and Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.

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