Kampala mayor arrested over plans to lead protests

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The mayor of Uganda’s capital, Kampala, has been arrested over allegations that he planned to lead protests against the scrapping of the presidential age limit.

Mayor Erias Lukwago was taken by police from his home in Wakaliga on Thursday morning, before he left for work.

A section of Members of Parliament in the East African country plan to table a bill to scrap the upper age limit to allow President Yoweri Museveni, now 73 years, to run for another term in the 2021 elections.

The law as currently is, stipulates that the presidential candidates must be aged between 35 and 75 years old.

While many MPs from the ruling National Resistance Movement support the plan to scrap the age limit, critics are worried it is a plan by President Museveni to cling on to power forever.

Since the announcement of the plan, protests have been conducted in Kampala to show disagreement.

Museveni is one of Africa’s longest serving presidents, having taken power in 1986.

The Uganda situation comes amid protests in Togo against President Faure Gnassingbé’s rule.

Protesters in the West Africa nation are calling for the reintroduction of presidential term limits, in a bid to end the 50-year rule by the Gnassingbé family.