By Aluma Aribo & Elema Robert
Yumbe. A section of local leaders in six sub counties of Aringa County in Yumbe district are divided over the proposed amendment to remove Article 102 (b) of the constitution.
During a consultative meeting called by the area member of parliament, Ashraf Olega at Praford in Yumbe town on Tuesday, several leaders argued that a constitution must be dynamic while others said the Article in question had not been tested.
Police had to whisk away Olega from an angry youth with red ribbons from the venue of consultations as they shouted urging him to vote against the Bill.
Mr Ismail Kawati, the secretary for mobilization for NRM in Yumbe town council said “we don’t want our constitution to suit the interest of one person, our children will ask us in future what we did when the constitution was being amended, we want a referendum for this Article”
Of the six sub counties, Kochi, Yumbe town council and Kululu are against the amendment while Kuru and Romogi support the amendment but Apo want the area MP to go and consult them at their sub County.
But Dalili Asega, the LCIII chairman for Kuru Sub county said the amendments were in order since a constitution must be dynamic.
“As Kuru Sub County we say that the Article can be amended because it must be dynamic like the society and because the constitution provides for it,” he said.
But Olega said the people of Yumbe had generally accepted the amendments despite the angry youth threatening his life over the matter.
“Of the 15 opinion leaders I have met, six were negative while the nine are positive while majority of the sub counties are also positive but I will still go down to them and talk to them,” Olega said.
The youth said the age limit amendment bill was useless for them since they were jobless and being excluded from jobs at refugee agencies at Bidibidi which the government should have addressed and that all their roads were in poor state.