Uganda Prepares for Debate on Bill Removing Age Limit on Presidency
Uganda’s parliament asked a legislative committee to scrutinize a proposed constitutional amendment that would enable President Yoweri Museveni to extend his three-decade rule.
The proposal, introduced by lawmaker Raphael Magyezi on Sept. 27 amid fistfights between opponents and proponents of the bill, was referred to the committee after he presented it for first reading, the Kampala-based legislature said Tuesday on its Twitter account. Bills are sent to committees for scrutiny before they are debated.
The bill, backed by the ruling National Resistance Movement, seeks the removal of a constitutional clause that sets the age limit for a presidential candidate at 75. If approved, the change would allow Museveni, 73, to run for re-election in 2021. A revision would require approval by at least two-thirds of lawmakers in a vote, according to Haruna Kanaabi, a Kampala-based political commentator.