The Electoral Commission (EC) has determined that Blaise Kamugisha is “overage” hence ineligible to stand for any position on the National Youth Committee.
Kamugisha, the former Crime Preventers’ association, was elected chairperson Rwencwera I Village and Kyera Parish Youth Council.
Kamugisha’s national identification number 63550217 shows his date of birth as January 6, 1990 – the same information on his passport issued on June 6, 2016.
According to a petitioner to the EC, Kamugisha participated in the NRM Primary elections in Isingiro District on October 2, 2020 for the Secretary of Finance elective office at district level, indicating his date of birth as January 6.
Interestingly, Kamugisha changed his date of birth with National Identification and Registration Authority on October 28, 2020.
“This change was done after he had participate in all other levels of elections for this category,” said Chris Mufakinaye in a petition to EC dated November 4.
“Under Section 1 (g) of the National Youth Council Act, Cap 319, a youth means a person between the age of 18 and 30 years. Further under section 8 (9) of the said Act, any person holding an office in a youth council shall not vacate office on the sole reason that he or she has attained 30 years of age at any time during which his or term of office.”
EC Chairperson, Simon Byabakama said basing on the information provided to the commission, they “found that Mr Kamugisha Blaise is overage for purposes of the National Youth Committee election.”
Byabakama said Kamugisha “is therefore, not eligible to progressively be elected to the Youth Committee at National level.”
EC’s decision is a big blow to Kamugisha’s plans to secure nominations for the National Youth Council elections due today.
Kamugisha was a close associated of former IGP Gen Kale Kayihura. Following Kale’s sacking, the Crime Preventers’ association was put under the management of the army.