“Prosecutor: Hon. Miria Matembe is not a member of Parliament. From records before court is 64 years old. Prosecution submits that she is of advanced age and not visibly capable of ensuring the accused adheres to the orders of court” (NBS Television, 02.05.2019).
Today we learned that 64 years old Miria Matembe is to old to be a surety for Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine as the Bail Hearing over VPN from Luzira Prison was going underway at Buganda Road Magistrate Court. Where he in the end got out on a 1 Million Shilling bail. However, the legal argument of the state is interesting.
How can a person be to old to be a surety for a suspect and possible felon, but is old enough to be a president? Why can the state be run by someone over 64 years old, but not be a surety in Court? That seems to be wrong, especially if these attorneys of the state could find arguments for having a advanced aged ruler. This was okay, because it was about the forever young Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, and not Matembe. She is old and also a questionable figure, while the President is the natural fountain of honour. That is what they are initially saying.
So, if the State Attorneys in a Bail Hearing have trouble with someone at the age of 64. Can the same one please explain how it was a need to abolish the age limit for discriminatory reasons for age. Since the President is officially 74 years old and therefore, was a need for change of legislation so he could run after he turns 75 years old. But someone being ten years young is a liability for a political prisoner in the bail hearings.
I am really confused that the State Attorney could use this argument today. Especially since the ink is just merely dry of the gazetted Constitutional Amendment of the Private Bill from MP Raphael Magyezi. However, that didn’t matter, as the state just want to offend and oppress its dissidents by any means. Even if they allowed her on as the surety of the bail. Still, the state used this argument and should get blasted for it!
The State should reconsider the abolishment of the Article 102/b) to give way to the President. So, we have learned that his not of advanced age, but a unique magical age, but Matembe is not trustworthy because of her age. That is what the state has learned us today. Peace.