Quash 7 year-term, overturn age limit bill-Bishop tells MPs

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Bishop Dan Zoreka

The Bishop of Kinkiizi Diocese Dan Zoreka has urged Members of Parliament and President Museveni to rescind the decision to amend the constitution on the age limit bill and extension of Parliament tenure.

Bishop Zoreka, in his Christmas day sermon said the Constitution belongs to all Ugandans and not one party.

“My appeal is that these MPs go back and listen to their people who sent them to Parliament,” he said.

He added: “They can reconsider to put a halt on this. It’s not too late.”

The Parish priest of Christ the King Church Msgr Gerald Kalumba said Ugandans should stop blaming religious leaders for being silent on political issues.

“Religious leaders don’t vote MPs to Parliament, it is you voters, make noise if you want,” Kalumba said.

The Vicar of Namirembe Cathedral, Festo Kalungi, also condemned the recent decision of Members of Parliament to extend their tenure from five to seven years.

Once endorsed by the president, Ugandans will now go back to the polls in 2023 and not 2021 as earlier anticipated due to the extension.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga also supported the move, saying it was only Parliament to legislate on whether or not to extend its tenure.

While delivering his Christmas Eve sermon, Kalungi said that it was only God to decide when an MP stays or leaves.