On Friday August, 1 the news of age limit crusader, Raphael Magyezi caught most Ugandans by surprise as most could not imagine how a man who believes in ‘ruling to the grave’ could out of the blue twist his thoughts.
Magyezi confirmed his exit from the looming poll at a local radio political programme dubbed “Orusaniya Rwamazima” in Ishaka town situated Crane Radio. A lot of questions have since risen with several politicians including those in the opposition disbelieving that Magyezi had failed to eat the cake he had baked by himself way back in 2017. In his farewell speech Magyezi said, “I came to Igara West in 2011 and vied for the MP seat and the electorates trusted me with their votes. I promised them what I was going to do for them, I did what I managed during that time.” He added, “I came back in 2016 and presented to my people what I had done and what I was aspiring to do. The voters again trusted me with their votes for five more years in parliament.”
Whereas Magyezi is trying to play saint as a leader who respects term limits, our sources intimate that the minister was forced to take the decision out of pressure from People Power western strongman, Gaffa Mbwatekamwa. We are reliably told that the Igara West electorate which is largely a Catholic stronghold tasked him to peacefully take a leave citing the 2017 age limit events. “Magyezi should not fool the public. We asked him to leave the political space and pave way for leaders who can stick to what we delegate them to do,” says Musinguzi, a resident in Igara West. “He disappointed us. We never asked him to table the age limit bill. Let him leave the arena for transparent leaders,” he adds.
It should be recalled that in the peak moments of the 2017 age limit, an angry mob of arsonists stormed Magyezi’s home and vandalized his farm properties. The raid was a retribution from the public which felt displeased with his motion of wanting the article 102 (b) of the constitution scrapped to pave way to Museveni’s lifetime rule. Magyezi becomes the next incumbent after Kasese woman MP, Winnie Kiiza to withdraw from the 2021 race.