PARLIAMENT, UGANDA: The ruling National Resistance Movement party is set to table a motion extend the President’s term to 7 years from the current 5 years.
A motion that is being table by NRM Legislator for Budama West County, Hon. Jacob Oboth Oboth proposes that the ruling term for the president should be elevated from 5 years to at least 7 years so that the incumbent Yoweri Kaguta Museveni can have a ‘honourable’ retirement.
In his views, Oboth says ‘Museveni has done a lot of sacrifices for the country and therefore he must be rewarded,’ hinting on the fact that this may be Museveni’s last term in office as Uganda’s President.
The debate to increase the term from 5 to 7 years was first initiated during the tabling of the 2017 age limit bill. It was however rubbished by the supreme court judges who ruled that it was unconstitutional for the MPs to extend their term.
Our reporter has been reliably tipped that Oboth Oboth wants the bill endorsed by the outgoing NRM dominated parliament before it could cross over to the next parliament where it may face stiff opposition from the newly elected National Unity Platform party MPs.