Four students at Makerere University have decided to stage a hunger strike in protest against the proposed constitutional amendment scrapping the presidential age limit.
They are Collins Tumukunde and Martin Musiime, both 3rd year law students and Trevor Matovu, a 2nd year bachelor of fisheries science and aquaculture and Martin Rugamba, a second year BCOM student.
Collins Tumukunde says their hunger strike is aimed at sending a message to the members of parliament to reduce their greed for money.
“We are ready to forego food in order to salvage the sanctity of our Constitution. And they (members of parliament) should follow suit,” Tumukunde said. Martin Musiime says it is the matter of nationalism and patriotism that prompted them to start a hunger strike.
“We are dedicating the food were supposed to eat to the members of parliament so that they can get satisfied. Since for them they can never get satisfied,” Musiime said.
A number of Makerere University students have sitting in front of university hall since Saturday with placards advising members of parliament not to tamper with 102 (b), which caps the president’s age at 75 years.
The students say they have decided to use nonviolent means to stress their point.