VIDEO: Abiriga Introduces Bill to Extend Museveni, MPs’ Term Limits to 7 Years
Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga is set to introduce a bill that will see presidential and MPs’ term limt increased from five to seven years.
The bill could also increase term of office period for all elective offices.
Abiriga argues that the five-year term is too short to deliver to the constituency.
ABIRIGA’S PROPOSAL TO EXTEND MPS’ TERM LIMIT
“We don’t want to go two terms, to go back to ask for votes,” Abiriga says.
The solution for the short-term of office, Abiriga proposes, is a seven-year term.
“We want a term of seven years; it’s enough,” proposes Abiriga.
“I really support that thing, seriously.”
Abiriga also complains that short term does not enable MPs work for voters.
“The term is starting, we have done nothing to our people,” the MP admits.
“The fourth year is when you work for your people seriously.”
Interestingly, Abiriga says the two additional years should be for the MPs to rest.
“Then the last two is for you.”
TERM LIMIT LINKED TO AGE LIMIT
Abiriga was one of the earliest proponents of the now controversial age limit removal bill.
Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi would later become the official mover of the age limit bill.
Reports had earlier emerged of a move for Uganda’s three-decade president Yoweri Museveni to support extension of MPs’ term of office.
The MPs were in turn supposed to support age limit removal to allow Museveni stand for president over the age of 75.
Article 102b of Uganda’s constitution bars anyone over 75 and below 35 to stand for president.
Museveni was born in 1944 and will be over 75 when Uganda next goes to the polls in 2021.
The Pearl Times could not independently verify the details of the deal.
But MPs aligned to the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) have endorsed age limit removal — save for a few ones referred to as rebels.
Video: Courtesy/NBS TV
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