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Why Lady Jaydee Won’t Marry Her Current Boyfriend

By Thomas Matiko

Legendary Bongo star Lady JayDee has disclosed that she does not intend to marry her current Nigerian hunk boyfriend.

The 38 year-old Yahaya hit-maker, who was in the country for a gig over the weekend, says she no longer believes that marriage is the natural outcome of all relationships.

NASTY DIVORCE

Jide, as she is famously referred back home, was married for 11 years to popular Tanzania radio presenter Gardner Habash, until last year when their marriage hit a snag due to infidelity issues leading to a nasty divorce.

A few months after the divorce, the singer introduced to the world her new much younger Nigerian boyfriend Chibuikem Nwanegbo aka Spicy, who also happens to be a budding musician-cum-producer.

MET IN SOUTH AFRICA

The two initially met in South Africa where they exchanged telephone numbers and stayed in contact.

Despite their relationship clocking almost a year now with both seemingly happy, the soft spoken singer has reiterated that the thought of wedding Spicy is yet to cross her mind.

She said she would not wish to be in a marriage again.

“Watu wasitegemee kabisa jambo hilo kutoka kwangu na wasikariri kwamba kila mahusiano yataishia kwenye ndoa, kwa kuwa kunao waliokimbilia ndoa na zikawashinda,” she disclosed.

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IG Joseph Boinnet Now Warns Nasa on Anti-IEBC Demos

By David Mwere

Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet has warned National Super Alliance (Nasa) supporters that they will be met with severe force if they try to attack police stations while demonstrating.

However, Mr Boinnet’s claim has been dismissed as “lies” by Nasa MPs John Mbadi (Suba South) and Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja), who accused the police of using every excuse in the book to “brutally murder innocent protestors exercising their constitutional right to demonstrate peacefully.”

FIREARMS

In a statement issued by Deputy Inspector-General of Police Mr George Kinoti on behalf of the IG, Mr Boinnet said attacks on police and police station would not be tolerated.

“Such attacks will be deemed, among other violations of the law, as an attempt to steal firearms, and will elicit the appropriate response,” Mr Boinnet said.

But the Nasa legislators, accusing the police of “exhibiting trigger happy tendencies”, said the “purported” warning by the Mr Boinnet is a desperate move to justify the “brutal killings of unarmed civilians” fighting for their rights.

“What has a 73-year-old grandmother got to do with the purported attacks on police stations?” Mr Wandayi asked in relation to the woman short by the police as she left hospital in Migori.

Nasa has called for countrywide demos to push for reforms in the electoral commission as well as force the removal from office of IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba among other senior managers.

From next week, the demos will be on a daily basis, according to Nasa.

MATIANG’I

“We condemn the violent disruptions of peaceful demonstrations by the police that have resulted in deaths and injuries. We hold Interior CS Fred Matiang’i squarely responsible for this. He, together with his sponsors, shall be personally held to account,” Mr Wandayi said.

The Ugunja MP termed the demos a success, which he said was a show of people’s determination to confront impunity head-on.

Mr Mbadi said they will not be intimidated by police threats.

“Those responsible like Matiang’i should never be allowed to get away with these senseless killings. Killing people who are expressing their rights in a peaceful manner is criminal, uncalled for and must be condemned by those who love humanity. Does Matiang’i now feel happy because lives have been lost?” he said.

Nasa on Friday defied a government ban imposed by Mr Matiang’i and took their demos to the city centres of Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa.

BATTLES

But according to police, Nasa politicians’ attempts to reach Nairobi CBD were defeated.

In Kisumu, police said unrest was confined to Kondele, Nyalenda and Manyatta areas.

Mr Boinnet said demonstrators in Kisumu vandalised property and extorted money from motorists besides engaging the police in running battles.

The situation was later “normalised”, according to police, although locals disputed the police version, accusing them of being trigger-happy.

In Bondo Township, two people were killed near a police station.

‘2,000 PEOPLE’

Locals and witnesses on Friday told the Nation that the two were felled as they ran towards Bondo Police Station after police fired bullets to disperse protesters.

But according Mr Boinnet, police opened fire after a large mob of “about 2,000 people” pelted the station with rocks and “robbed nearby shops and valuables”.

In the ensuing confrontation with the police, Mr Boinnet said, the two persons were killed.

The police chief said “the actual circumstances of the shooting are being investigated.”

In Mombasa, police said about 150 people “attempted to march in the CBD but were dispersed” by the police.

Other demonstrations happened in Migori, Homa Bay and Kakamega, “which commenced and ended without any serious confrontations”, according to Mr Boinnet.

Africa:Food Insecurity and Forced Displacement of People – Where Do We Draw the Line?

By Idriss Jazairy

Geneva — The World Food Programme estimates that more than 100 million people worldwide face severe food insecurity. The situation is most severe in countries affected by conflict and violence including Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria, South Sudan and Yemen affecting more than 40 million people. Another 22 million people in Ethiopia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Haiti and Mozambique are affected by the adverse impact of climate change and environmental degradation.

On top of this, more than 30 million people in several of these countries and Somalia are at risk of famine and starvation. The combination of violence and conflict and the adverse impact of climate change have contributed to a global food crisis that is affecting more than 40 countries in the world.

This year’s 2017 World Food Day theme highlights an important subject that is often neglected by international decision-makers as violence and conflict are often seen as the main triggering factors of the protracted migration and refugee crisis. “Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development” is an important occasion to raise awareness of the adverse impact of food insecurity, environmental degradation and climate change which exacerbate the refugee and migration crisis.

During a high-level event at the United Nations in September 2016 on food insecurity and the refugee crisis, the Secretary-General of the United Nations observed that providing access to food to displaced people remains a critical issue:

“Food is a matter of life and death – especially for people in need, like refugees. Many of the millions of refugees in our world are food insecure. They face the grave risk of malnutrition. We have a moral obligation to help them.”

But if food had been available locally in the first place, there would also be far fewer migrants.

The Sahel region of Africa has been in the spotlight for decades owing to the severe environmental alterations that have transformed the region’s outlook. Since 1963, Lake Chad has lost 90% of its volume disrupting the livelihoods of 21 million people living in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon who rely on the lake’s resources to meet their basic needs.

The lack of access to resources owing to the adverse and disruptive effects of climate change has impeded the ability of countries in the Sahel region to create a sustainable economic model fostering economic growth, development and prosperity.

Lingering food insecurity and lack of rural development as a result of climate change and armed conflicts have exacerbated the refugee and migrant crisis. The “protective fencing” of Europe and mass expulsions of forcibly displaced people are not adequate solutions to respond to the unfolding crisis.

Climate change is exacerbating already adverse natural conditions leaving affected people with no other choice than to flee. With the population of Sahel set to increase three-fold to 300 million people by 2050, it is likely that food insecurity and lack of access to natural resources will become issues of growing concern to the region.

A global framework to respond to the adverse impact of climate change on agricultural production, food security and other related issues is needed more than ever.

The situation in Syria is an example of a country that has been severely affected by food insecurity owing to the escalation of armed conflicts. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, more than 9 million Syrians are in need of food assistance as a result of decreasing agricultural output and lowered yields. Syria – once described as the “the breadbasket of Rome” as agriculture constituted once 24% of the country’s GDP – is on the brink of a severe famine that could further starve the majority of its remaining inhabitants. This shows that food insecurity will contribute to forced migration of people as the conflict has severely disrupted farming and food production putting severe pressure on the remaining population. The emigration of farmers has rapidly deteriorated Syria’s agricultural production to a historic rock bottom level.

These examples show that lingering food insecurity and lack of rural development as a result of climate change and armed conflicts have exacerbated the refugee and migrant crisis. The “protective fencing” of Europe and mass expulsions of forcibly displaced people are not adequate solutions to respond to the unfolding crisis.

Providing for adequate livelihood opportunities and revitalising the agricultural sector in countries severely affected by the loss of human capital as well as empowering rural women constitute an Ariadne thread towards the solution. Furthermore, countries hosting and providing protection to displaced people also deserve support.

Refugees and migrants in the Middle East are in need of food assistance as the steady arrival of displaced people is putting pressure on host countries to identify solutions to their plight. The solution to the crisis is not just national or regional. It is global.

This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of this year’s World Food Day on October 16.

Nigeria:Yellow Fever – Kwara Vaccinates 200,000 People in 3 Days

The Kwara Government said on Monday that no fewer than 200,000 people have been vaccinated within three days of the ongoing yellow fever reactive vaccination in the state.

Dr Sulaiman Alege, the Commissioner for Health, who gave the figure to newsmen in Ilorin, said 960,000 doses of the vaccine would be administered in nine communities in the state.

“The vaccination is taking place in Ifelodun Local Government and eight others, comprising Isin, Ilorin South, Ilorin East, Irepodun, Oke-Ero and others.

“About 960,000 vaccines have been deployed, and for now, we have immunised close to 200,000 people in the first three days,” he said.

The commissioner described the turnout as impressive, saying that people were massively mobilised through the use of town criers and community informants.

He said that the health education unit of the ministry was also on ground, to ensure efficient participation.

Alege said that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and National Health Care Development Agency team had visited some of the communities to monitor the exercise.

According to him, the state government remains committed to ensuring good health for its citizens.

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Finally, Hamisa Mobeto Reaches Out to Zari

Photo: allafrica.com

Zari distances herself from Diamond’s claims on the love affair with Hamisa.

‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’ goes the adage, but what do they say about the woman who the man ‘scorned’ with? Enter Hamisa Mobeto, the woman in the centre of the controversial Diamond confession. They had an affair and she bore him a son and since then, the scorned woman (Zari Hassan) has been trading barbs on social media with the woman her husband slept with.

Hamisa’s posts, too, had been especially fiery. In one post, she claimed Zari’s South African mansion was rented and in another, she claimed that Diamond was in fact, not Nillan’s father.

But lately, it seems like Hamisa has rethought her position and recently reached out to Zari in a social media post: “Watoto wameshatuunganisha, najua kwa sasa mambo na maneno ya watu ni mengi ila ipo siku kwa sababu mtoto wangu ana ndugu na watoto wake basi tutakuwa sawa tu.Maana inawezekana mtoto wangu akataka kuwatembelea ndugu zake au wale wakamtaka ndugu yao kwa hiyo yote yanawekezekana.”

(The babies have brought us together. I know right now there are so many things people are saying about us but I know for sure someday she and I will be cool with each other because my child and hers are now siblings and at some point he may wish to visit them and vice versa).

Interestingly Hamisa’s sentiments comes at a time when Diamond’s mother Sandra has showed much love, support and appreciation for Zari. Last week on Friday, Zari arrived in Tanzania to a rousing welcome with hundreds of fans flocking the Julius Nyerere International airport.

Diamond’s most trusted bodyguard, Mwarabu Fighter who was also there to receive her. Moments after her touch down, Sandra took to her Instagram to welcome her daughter in law:

“South Africa kwako, Uganda kwako, Tanzania ni kwako pia. You are shinning everywhere. Welcome home Mama Tee.”

The following day on Saturday, Zari and Diamond launched their furniture store in Milimani City, Dar es Salaam that was highly attended with most Tanzania celebrities and fans. It was the same day Hamisa was also hosting a party for her newly born son.

Again Diamonds’ mom Sandra missed Hamisas’ party and took to Instagram to praise Zari , posting:

“Kazi juu ya kazi umekusanya Mlimani City kazibebe na za Zanzibar. muweka hazina nipo, kila la kheri Inshallah #strongFamily. Ujio wako umefanya maduka ya dawa yote ya jirani na Mlimani City yaishiwe panadol… dahhh Mashallah Mama Tee.”

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South Africa:’Train Surfers’ Risk Their Lives Without Fear

By Ricardo Afrika

Young men in Cape Town risk their lives by “train surfing”. Ricardo Afrika photographed and filmed train surfers by sticking his cell phone camera out of a broken window on Metrorail’s central line.

Train surfers stand outside a train, either on the side or on the top, while a train is moving. They perform stunts, such as dodging the overhead lines. It is extremely dangerous and illegal.

Most train surfing appears to take place between Mutual station and Khayelitsha. The images and videos here were filmed on 10 October at about 6:45pm between Philippi and Stock Road stations.

Surfing typically takes place during peak hours — between 7am to 8am and from 3pm to 7pm. Trains are often congested during these times. Commuters hang on doors, windows, between carriages and even on top of the trains. But train surfing means more than merely hanging on to the outside; it involves doing stunts too. There were about ten people surfing when these images and videos were shot.

Surfers range in age from school boys to blue collar workers. Primary and high school students typically do what is called “ukulathaza”: running next to the train on the platform until it is at high speed, and then they jump in. Some of the adults take it to the extreme of running on top of the train while it is in motion and ducking under cables and bridges, as in the videos below.

No one appears to make a serious effort to stop the surfers. There’s a lack of security and the trains are packed, with no authorities around to check on safety. If there are security personnel, they usually stand with the drivers on each end of the train, which means they can’t really see what happens when the train is in motion.

“Spiderman” is a blue collar worker who surfs. I asked him why he does it. He replied, “To us this is a sport. I mostly do it for adrenaline and the thrill can get addictive.”

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Samburu Parents Marry Off Girls for Food as Hunger Bites

By Godfrey Oundoh

Parents in Samburu County are marrying off their underage daughters in exchange of food and livestock due to the biting drought, the Nation has learnt.

Girls as young as nine years have been given out to elderly men by their parents as a means of saving their siblings from starvation.

A spot check by the Nation in different parts of the county including Baragoi, Illaut, Nguronit, Keleswa, Lemolog, Suyan, Ngilai, Bendera and Barseloi in Samburu North revealed that hundreds of underage girls have also dropped out of school for early marriages.

According to Mr Simon Lalalaki, the deputy head teacher at Keleswa Primary School in Ndoto Ward of Samburu North, about six girls have been withdrawn from the school and married off by their families for food.

SURVIVAL MEANS

The minors who were in his school, the only educational institution in the area that has only three levels of classes (standard one to three), were among 76 pupils who make the entire school population.

“The drought and famine situation in this area has led families to look for survival means and marrying off these girls is one of them. Parents have given out their children to obtain water and food,” said Mr Lalalaki.

The teacher who hails from South Horr which is about 32km away stays within the village.

He said the water problem has also led to massive school dropouts.

STAY HOME

This is as women ask their daughters to stay back at home and watch their siblings as they set for a more than 30km journey in search of the commodity.

“Many of the girls are asked to stay at home to take care of their younger sisters and brothers as some are tasked with taking care of goats with the cultural belief that goats tend to be more productive when taken care of by girls,” added the teacher.

Mr Lalalaki called upon both the national and the county governments to intervene and rescue the girls whose future is being thrown away.

He termed water and food as urgent resources that are needed in the region to save residents who are losing hope day by day.

Keleswa Primary school has a total of three teachers.

The three depend on pupils’ parents for water for their domestic needs and laundry as they have no time to leave the school and travel for tens of kilometres to get the commodity.

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Double Triumph for Kenya in L’atelier Art Competition

By Frank Whalley

Kenya has enjoyed success in the prestigious Absa L’Atelier art competition – at the double.

Firstly, congratulations go to Nairobi-based artist Maral Bolouri, outright winner of this year’s Africa-wide competition.

Her installation Mothers and Others, which questions African cultural attitudes towards women, was chosen ahead of thousands of works submitted from nine African countries as well as Kenya.

Her prize is a six-month study term at the Cité Internationale des Arts, in Paris (the old joke being that second prize is for 12 months in Paris) with all expenses paid, a two-day seminar on the professional management of an arts career, a mentor to guide her development for 12 months, and the promise of a solo show in South Africa.

And then secondly, a place in the top 10 went to Kenyan Elias Mung’ora Njora for his collage Footprints 4.

Mung’ora’s subject was how everyday human activities alter our surroundings, which he interprets in collages of daily events within the city, layering photographs and paint to represent our footprints on the environment.

That is his continuing preoccupation, although he also enjoys forays into figurative painting, the bedrock of art, examples of which form his current solo show at the Polka Dot Gallery, in Karen, Nairobi.

In these precise works, he sets out his credentials for recognition of his more difficult semi-abstract collages, rather as Bolouri’s figure drawing (which she used to teach while based at the Kuona Trust, in Nairobi) helps us to accept the integrity of her installations.

And her winning Mothers and Others assemblage for L’Atelier neatly illustrates an opinion I have long held — that the quality of finish in installations should be every bit as good as that expected from paintings, sculptures and other works of art.

I have sensed from several offerings that many artists seem to think that to have the idea, the concept, is sufficient. Never mind the rough edges, the wonky constructions and the barely functioning, stuttering electronics. We should be grateful for what they have deigned to give us and marvel at their brilliance.

Sorry, not so. Excellence in all departments is required. Without that it is barely art. It is just an idea, good or otherwise, awaiting realisation.

Proverbs about women

Bolouri’s piece therefore gladdened my heart.

The wooden framework was carefully constructed, its struts smoothed and meticulously jointed; hand made cow bells, which formed a witty part of Mothers and Others, sounded clearly; the labels that hung from them were large enough to read easily and the whole piece was inviting and accessible; a model, in fact, of how to go about it.

So what exactly is this prizewinning work?

Mothers and Others looks at how women have been represented in African cultural oral traditions, in particular at the positive and negative aspects of how they are referred to in proverbs.

Most proverbs about women show them as liabilities, except when they focus on their potential as mothers.

Mothers and Others reflects this and has three parts — the first containing the cowbells, from which hang examples of negative proverbs. An example of one of those, attributed to the Kikuyu, is: “A woman and an invalid are the same thing.” When a visitor reads one of the negative proverbs, its cowbell rings.

Beneath them, the second structure is a triangular altar holding the few positive proverbs about women, mostly related to motherhood, surrounded by extinguished candles. Something positive? As the Yoruba say, “If the whole word hates you, go back to your mother.” On the base of the altar are rows of candles, suggesting the possibility of future enlightenment.

The third part of the piece is a blank board hanging from the frame, encouraging the audience to contribute their own proverbs, at once drawing them into the work and its potential for stimulating awareness and change.

Shocked winner

For Bolouri, winning the award was such a shock that it led to sleepless nights.

“Honestly I couldn’t believe it,” she told me. “I could hardly sleep for a whole week. I was in disbelief — the work by the other finalists was so very strong.”

Bolouri, heading towards the upper end of the L’Atelier’s 21-35 age restriction, based her triumph on a career founded on rock solid basic skills, honed through a BA in Fine Arts, followed by an MA in International Contemporary Art and Design Practice. She has featured in group exhibitions in Kenya, the US, Malaysia and her native Iran, but we will not be seeing her in a solo show any time soon.

One restriction of winning L’Atelier is that her next solo exhibition must be at the Absa gallery in South Africa… although taking part in group shows is not proscribed.

South Africa:New Tuberculosis Drugs Are More Effective and May Be Less Toxic. Why Are They Still Unavailable?

By Marelise Van Der Merwe

The start of 2017 saw concern over a sharp increase in the rise of drug- resistant TB in South Africa. TB is killing millions each year. Last week, Médecins Sans Frontières published promising early data on the use of two new TB drugs, delamanid and bedaquiline, among patients living with drug-resistant TB in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. But availability remains the biggest concern.

Sinethemba Kuse, 18, invited her friends and family to a celebratory party on 22 September. But it wasn’t a birthday or graduation: the Khayelitsha teenager had taken the last of her TB medication.

Kuse was diagnosed with multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) just before Christmas when she was just 16. Her grandmother had lost all hope, she says. She thought Kuse was going to die.

It was already a difficult time. “I lost my aunt in December, the one I was living with because my mother died when I was still a baby,” says Kuse. “The day my aunt was laid to rest, I started getting sick. I did not have an appetite. My skin colour was pale and I was shaking, sweating a lot at night. I did not enjoy all the things I…

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NRM Offers Deals to Age-Limit Probe

By Sulaiman Kakaire

Afraid of coming up against stiff opposition from majority members on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee, which is scrutinizing the age-limit bill, President Museveni’s strategists are reported to be reaching out to its leadership with offers of a concession.

Speaking to The Observer on Saturday, Jacob Oboth-Oboth (West Budama South) said that unnamed NRM members have approached him as committee chair, saying they are ready to trade-off the restoration of term limits for scrapping the 35-75 age limits.

“The issue of concession is on the table, even though not formally, and it is not proposed by the NRM generally. There are some people who have brought it to my attention and I think it is one of the things that my committee will consider,” Oboth-Oboth said.

However, Oboth-Oboth also said this depends on committee members.

“Politics of concession involves give and take. But most importantly concessions cannot work where people take extreme positions, or stick to their positions because they have the numbers or because they can talk and talk and talk,” Oboth-Oboth said.

“What is shrouding us is the fact that some people are anti-Museveni and they are looking at the amendment in that sense. But we must look at the amendment as something that shall outlive Museveni,” he said.

Oboth-Oboth added that the restoration of term limits is a good safety valve, which serves the same purpose.

“You see when you have the hand brake and leg brakes… ” he said.

But Mathias Mpuuga (Masaka Municipality), warned of a ruse. Mpuuga said this is attempt to manipulate the committee to write a report which proposes such an exchange. That way, it would come across as more acceptable.

“Restoring the term limits favours President Museveni because it achieves what he wants. By that amendment he will be eligible to stand for another ten years. And yet the age limit, which stands as the only road block to his regime longevity would be given away,” Mpuuga said.

“He knows that most people do not want him and he is using that as a carrot to win some hearts to his side,” Mpuuga said.

There are 24 members on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee. Of these, 13 MPs are NRM, six are independents while FDC and the DP have two members each. One MP is an army representative.

In our analysis of information from sources, likely opposition loosely stands at 14 against the bill, which seeks to amend Article 102(b) of the constitution.

Those who have spoken against are; Mpuuga (DP); Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda (Kira Municipality, FDC); Monicah Amoding (Kumi Woman MP, NRM); Ann Adeke Ebaju (national female youth, Independent); Muhammad Nsereko (Kampala Central, Independent); Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East, Independent); Medard Lubega Sseggona (Busiro East, DP); Abdu Katuntu (Bugweri, FDC) and Abbas Agaba (Kitagwenda, NRM).

Others who have not been vocal, but are believed to be opposed are; Hamson Dennis Obua (Ajuri, NRM); Paul Akamba (Busiki, Independent); Remigio Achia (Pian, NRM); Veronica Isala Eragu (Kaberamaido, NRM), and Aston Kajara (Mwenge South, NRM).

That leaves only eight members of the committee likely to vote in favour of the proposed amendment.

They are; Robina Rwakoojo (Gomba West, NRM); Jackson Kafuzi (Kyaka south, NRM); Gaster Mugoya (Bukhooli North, NRM); Edward Makmot Otto (Agago, NRM); Dorothy Azairwe (Kamwenge Woman, NRM); Kenneth Obote Ongalo (Kalaki, NRM); and Sam Bitangaro (Bufumbira South, NRM).

The views of the other two members; Oboth-Oboth and Elly Tumwine, the UPDF representative, remain closely guarded.

It is this unpredictability which got Igara West MP, Raphael Magyezi, the sponsor of the bill, to petition Speaker Rebecca Kadaga over the reconstitution of the committee. The speaker has said it’s not necessary, but it remains to be seen what she can do about it if government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa insists on it.

The planning

According to knowledgeable sources, , another course of action by Museveni supporters would be to ask Oboth-Oboth to invoke the House rules, particularly Rule 85.

“It is hoped that if the rule [85] is invoked most members of the committee, especially those who have given sharp views against the bill, will be disqualified and the rest of the members shall raise the quorum that will be used in support of the report,” an NRM strategist said.

Rule 85 of the Parliamentary Rules of Procedure provides that a member having any interest in any matter before the House shall declare the nature of his or her interest in the matter and shall not vote on any question relating to that matter, and such a member shall recuse himself or herself from the meeting until voting is over.

If seven opposition MPs are disqualified along with Kafuuzi, who had already been technically knocked out as seconder of the bill, only eight MPs would be needed to realise quorum. Oboth-Oboth said that he will only trigger Rule 85 in case members do not observe the House rules.

“We sat down and reminded everyone on the committee about the rules and if they do not heed to our caution they will technically knock themselves out of the process,” Oboth-Oboth said.

Sources say that Oboth-Oboth advised the NRM parliamentary caucus to abandon the idea of committee reconstitution since it will expose the NRM as being shabby in its attempt to get around opposition.

Insiders of the age-limit amendment scheme told us that they are still holding onto three options of lifting age limits: either by recommendation of the committee in its report; moving on the floor during the House debate, or through another constitutional amendment.

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