Grenades explode at homes of Ugandan MPs

Grenades were thrown at the homes of two outspoken Members of Parliament in Uganda following their opposition to the scrapping of presidential age limit proposed by the ruling party, National Resistance Movement.

The two MPs, Allan Ssewanyana and Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, confirmed that the grenades exploded at their homes.

These two MPs have been opposing ongoing attempts to remove the presidential age limit which is likely to give current president Yoweri Museveni the chance to seek re-election.

Ssewanyana told local media that he “can’t give up and am calling upon all Ugandans not to give up because this is a serious fight. What shows the seriousness is the attacks that they have now started against us … Attacks involving weapons”.

Police spokesman Asan Kasingye is quoted as saying that “The grenades were thrown, so yes it happened. The police (have) already gone to the residence of Hon. Kyagulanyi and they are piecing up evidence at the scene of crime, and trying to find out what really happened”.

Kisangye however rejected assertions that the attacks were politically motivated.

The Speaker of the Ugandan parliament Rebecca Kadaga last week suspended some MPs accused of engaging in a brawl in the lawmaking chamber.

Most of the suspended MPs, were from the opposition who are opposed to ongoing attempts to review the country’s constitution and scrap the presidential age limit of 75 years.

If the amendment is successful, it will be the second major change to the constitution of Uganda which has lasted for 20 years.

The previous major change to the constitution was the removal of the term limits in 2005 which prolonged President Museveni’s stay in power.




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