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NRM sets up committee for 7-year-term proposal

The ruling party, National Resistance Movement (NRM) has set up a committee to scrutinize a proposal seeking to extend the elective term of office from five to seven years.
 
Yesterday, President Yoweri Museveni convened the NRM parliamentary caucus and government chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa revealed that the issue of the seven-year term was a major discussion during the meeting.
 
According to Nankabirwa, a committee of lawyers from the party has been set up to discuss the legalities and technicalities around the proposal of the seven-year term before a harmonized position is reached.

Government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa (C) says the NRM is studying the 7-year term proposal

Some of the members on the committee include deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana, MP Hamson Obua, Veronica Bicheetero, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee deputy chairperson Robina Rwakoojo, Guster Mugoya (former magistrate) among others.
 
"So I realised that extension of the term of Parliament to seven years was something that was catching fire around Parliament and you can agree with me. So we discussed and we even consulted further with the chairman of the party [and] he repeated the views he gave to the committee of Legal [and Parliamentary Affairs].

So I set up a committee of lawyers to see whether it will be legal, the technicalities around it. Do we have mandate as members of Parliament to present it? So they will be harmonising that position - but it appears to be a very popular stand and I could not manage to stand in the way of the many people who are pushing it", said Nankabirwa.
 
The move to extend the term of elective offices from five to seven years came to the limelight early this month, when Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga disclosed his plans to table a private member's bill that seeks to extend the term of all elective offices.
 
According to Abiriga, the current five years are not adequate for an elected leader to implement his/her programmes, pledges or projects. Last week, Museveni indicated his support for the proposal while meeting members of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee to discuss the Raphael Magyezi bill that seeks to remove presidential age limits.
 
Museveni said that the leaders in Africa have much more to do and need adequate time to develop the continent.
 
"For these countries with all these problems, two terms of five years is just a joke. Those who talk about this are just looking at improving their CVs. We might not discuss it now but there is merit at looking at the seven years. It would give some time to these young countries to develop. France has seven-year terms, I do not see what they have lost," said Museveni.
 
Meanwhile, Nankabirwa also said that the caucus meeting resolved to have the controversial 'Age Limit' bill, which seeks to among others amend Article 102(b) that caps the presidential age limits between 35 and 75 years, to be handled by Parliament before Christmas.
 
She also said that voting on the bill will be by roll call and tally as stipulated in the Parliament Rules of Procedure. Parliament is expected to start debate on the Constitution (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2017 today afternoon. On the order paper yesterday, the bill was listed under business to follow.
 
Rule 89 of the Parliament's Rules of Procedure stipulate that voting at the second and third readings of the bill for an Act of Parliament to amend a provision of the Constitution has to be by roll call and tally.
 
Article 262 of the Constitution stipulates that, for a bill for an Act of Parliament to amend any provision of the Constitution to pass, it must be supported at the second and third readings by the votes of not less than two-thirds of all Members of Parliament.
 
For the 'Age Limit' bill to pass through, NRM will require the support of 290 MPs out of the 436 MPs entitled to vote in Parliament. There are 18 ex-officios in Parliament who are not entitled to a vote.

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+2 #1 Lakwena 2017-12-13 10:03
In other words, 32 years and counting, those who are criminally ambitious, incrementally acquisitive, corrupt, impoverishing and destroying others; in the pursuit of position and power; are the ones who want our unconditional love and respect.

As for Lakwena NO! I will only respect and salute their dead bodies.
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+1 #2 wazza 2017-12-13 10:35
Useless beings! I hope they all burn in hell
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+2 #3 nsaale 2017-12-13 10:39
the world will not end when power is taken up by other people, Uganda will remain there forever.
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+3 #4 wazza 2017-12-13 13:27
Quoting Lakwena:
In other words, 32 years and counting, those who are criminally ambitious, incrementally acquisitive, corrupt, impoverishing and destroying others; in the pursuit of position and power; are the ones who want our unconditional love and respect.

As for Lakwena NO! I will only respect and salute their dead bodies.


Well stated. I will join you in the saluting as they gladly smile on their way to hell to serve their damnation
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0 #5 gwok 2017-12-13 16:35
Quoting wazza:
Quoting Lakwena:
In other words, 32 years and counting, those who are criminally ambitious, incrementally acquisitive, corrupt, impoverishing and destroying others; in the pursuit of position and power; are the ones who want our unconditional love and respect.

As for Lakwena NO! I will only respect and salute their dead bodies.


Well stated. I will join you in the saluting as they gladly smile on their way to hell to serve their damnation


Please be at ease. That idea is meant to a bribe to all MPs to approve the age-limit one - a general bribe to all MPs.

However, most of the "Don't touch it" MPs have drawn a very firm line on the ground to defeat the age limit bill.

Such MPS are unlikely to cross back to M7, even after this 7-year term bribe is given to them.
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0 #6 Empayppayi 2017-12-13 17:38
Seven years is too short, they should make it thirty-five (35) years.

That way we might have another few kilometers of express highway(s).
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0 #7 Phalanch 2017-12-13 18:59
How do u call objects that make a lot of noise , with no sense. simply Empty tins .
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0 #8 rubangakene 2017-12-13 23:00
PLAN B. Ha, ha, ha! Now they know they are going to lose the age limit game, they have succumbed to Plan B.

I see from the picture even sworn foes are united in this - a delaying tactic while they regroup!
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0 #9 Gilbert Bagambe 2017-12-14 09:50
Someone here educate me. Is it two thirds of the present members or two thirds of all the eligible members?
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0 #10 Frenchie 2017-12-15 11:40
Museveni is quoted in this piece claiming that France has 7-year terms.

That's not true. It used to, but in a 2000 referendum, people voted for the introduction of 5-year term limits.

Ever since 2002, presidents and members of the National Assembly have served for 5 years.

In other words, if Museveni is trying to justify this change with reference to common practice elsewhere, he chose a very bad example. If anything, the French experience is a reminder of the value of a 5-year term.
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