By Sarah Mazirwe – Kampala, Uganda, Thursday August 20, 2020.
A 19-year-old boy is among 38 individuals who picked up forms from Uganda’s Electoral body to challenge the 34-year-old reign of President Yoweri Museveni.
If selected and elected, the senior six vacist, Hillary Humprey Kaweesa, awaiting to join University will be the youngest person to be president of Uganda. He will also be the youngest in Africa and the world.
Kaweesa said an amendment of article 102(b) in 2017 was in his favor. In 2017, the Parliament scrapped the presidential age limit of 75 years, lowering the age eligibility for president to 18 years from 35 years.
The candidates who picked nomination forms have to embark on collecting signatures to prepare for 2021 elections up to November 2nd and 3rd 2020.
By electoral law, presidential candidates are required to collect 100 signatures per district from two thirds of Uganda’s 144 districts.
Other potential contenders are Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu aka Bobi Wine of National Unity Platform (NUP), Gen Mugisha Muntu of Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), and Maureen Kyalya among the female contenders.
Museveni’s fourth time contender Kizza Besigye from Uganda’s biggest opposition party, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has not showed interest of contesting.
Besigye has over the time accused National Resistance Movement which is led by President Museveni of vote rigging.
Other controversial contenders are Gen Henry Tumukunde with his pressure group dubbed ‘Kisoboka’, a Luganda word literally translated as ‘It’s Possible.’
Gen Tumukunde, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu and Col Kizza Besigye who were Makerere University graduates at the time all participated in the gorilla war that ushered in NRA of Museveni to power in 1986.
They’ve all since fallen apart accusing President Museveni of fronting his agenda other that what they fought for.
Gen Tumukunde served as Minister of Security before he was sacked in 2018.
Uganda will go for general polls early next year.