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Museveni Endorses Abiriga’s 7-Year Term Limit Proposal

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Uganda’s three-decade president Yoweri Museveni has backed the Abiriga term limit bill that seeks to increase term limits from five to seven years.

On Tuesday, Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga announced a proposed amendment to increase the duration for term of office for all elective positions.

Abiriga proposes that the term be extended from the current five to seven years.

Abiriga argues that the five-year term is not enough for elected leaders to work for the people.

“We don’t want to go two terms, to go back to ask for votes… We want a term of seven years; it’s enough… The term is starting, we have done nothing to our people,” says Abiriga.

Abiriga’s bill is likely to favour Museveni, extending his current term, and others after it.


On Tuesday, Museveni met the legal affairs committee of parliament. The committee was seeking his views on the controversial age limit amendment bill.

Opposition MPs boycotted the meeting at State House Entebbe.

The bill, popularly referred to as the age limit bill, seeks to delete article 102b of Uganda’s constitution to allow Museveni contest for president beyond the age of 75.

The age limit clause stands between Museveni and his bid to extend his bid beyond 2021 when Uganda next goes to the polls.

Museveni was born in 1944 and has been in power since 1986.

In 1986, Museveni said Africa’s problem was leaders who overstayed in power. But if the age limit is removed to allow him rule for life, Museveni will have contradicted himself the more.


Museveni described the five-year term period as “just a joke”.

“For these countries with all these problems, two terms of five years is just a joke,” Museveni told the MPs.

He said the proponents of the five-year term were just building their resumes.

“Those who talk about this, are just looking at improving their CVs.”

He said the seven-year term proposal was worth considering.

“We might not discuss it now but there is merit at looking at the seven years,” he said.

He argued that the extension would help develop poor countries.

“It would give some time to these young countries to develop. France has seven-year terms, I do not see what they have lost.”

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