Uganda MPs in battle mode ahead presidential age limit debate

Members of Uganda parliament in free for all fight in parliament ahead of proposed age limit amendment bill
Members of Uganda parliament in free for all fight in parliament ahead of proposed age limit amendment bill

MPs in Uganda have started arriving in parliament buildings in the capital, Kampala, ahead of the debate of a motion to scrap the upper presidential age limit.

If removed, 73-year-old President Yoweri Museveni would be eligible for a sixth term in office in 2021.

The move to do away with the upper limit age of 75 is being supported by lawmakers from the governing NRM party.

At present, Uganda’s lower age limit for presidential hopefuls is 35, and the bill also proposes lowering this to 18.

Opposition MPs who have been putting on a public fight to oppose the change are wearing head bands as a symbol of their stand.

Chaos broke out in parliament on Tuesday as lawmakers opposed to the bill continuously heckled speakers so as to stall the debate.

The scuffles were televised live, leading Uganda’s communication authority to caution media houses from broadcasting content that “promotes a culture of violence amongst the public”.

It warned that it would revoke licences of any broadcasters who violate its guidelines.

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