Sunday 18 March 2018

Uganda MPs get '$8,000 each for age-limit bill'

Uganda MPs get '$8,000 each for age-limit bill'
(BBC News Africa 10/25/17)

In a move denounced as a bribe, Ugandan MPs have received a one-off payment of 29 million shillings ($8,000; £6,000) each for consulting their constituents on a bill seeking to scrap the presidential age limit, the Reuters news agency reports.

The proposed bill seeks to remove the upper age limit of 75 and is seen as a way of removing constitutional barriers that would prevent President Yoweri Museveni, 73, from running for office gain in 2021.

Parliamentary spokesman Chris Obore told Reuters that the one-off payment had been released to the legislators’ bank accounts this week.

“It’s to help them to consult with their constituents on this bill,” he said.

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