Members of Parliament have reached a consensus on restoration of Presidential Term Limits.
MP James Waluswaka pushed the agenda during Thursday plenary.
“Madam Speaker, due to public demand, I support the proposal to restore Presidential term Limits,” Waluswaka noted.
This was opposed by minister David Bahati who said in 2017, Parliament in it’s wisdom, voted to lift term limits on the presidency.
“We don not need this restrictions being proposed. Elections by it’s nature, is enough restrictions, since citizens get an opportunity to vote for their leaders,” he noted.
While bringing to an end the debate on Constitutional (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Speaker Kadaga revealed that 65 MPs have so far presented their views.
Out of 65 MPs who presented their views on the Bill, there is a general consensus among the MPs on: Reinstatement of Presidential term limits and Establishment of panel of Speaker’s.
The other clauses continue to attract divagent views.
The Speaker says the bill second reading will be on notice.
Meanwhile, other MPs pushed for the increment of their term of office to 7 years.
“Madam Speaker, I support the extension of the term of MPs and other civil servants from five (5) to (7) years. I know that most of the MPs really want the extension, but they fear to say it,” noted Hon. Persis Namuganza.
Hon. Mutonyi Masaaba says that she has full support of her constituents and the district leaders to extend the term of Parliament and other civil servants from five (5) to (7) years.
She notes that the extension is long overdue.