The Local Government Minister and Igara West Member of Parliament Raphael Magyezi will not seek re-election in the 2021 elections.
Speaking to Uganda Radio Network yesterday, Magyezi said he is taking a rest from elective politics after 10 years, but could return in the future.
Magyezi’s announcement comes two days after Kasambya County MP Gafa Mbwatekamwa said that he was shifting his political base to Igara County West to contest against Magyezi.
The MP, who has represented Kasambya County in Mubende since 2016, was born and raised in Gongo village in Igara, Bushenyi District. Last week, he picked nomination forms from the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party to contest for the seat where he is already a registered voter.
However, Magyezi denied reports that he had quit the race for fear of losing the seat to Mbwatekamwa.
In 2017, Magyezi became popular when he sponsored the Private Member’s Bill that was passed to remove the presidential age limit. The Amendment was later this year upheld by the Constitutional Court ruling that approved Parliament.
In 2019, Magyezi was appointed Minister of Local Government, an appointment which some members of opposition said was a token of appreciation for his role in amending the constitution.