Civil Society Wants Presidential Term Limits Reinstated

The Citizens Coalition in Electoral Democracy Uganda (CCEDU) is calling for revival of the presidential term limits, a review of appointment of electoral commissioners and special representation in parliament.

Crispy Kaheru, the CCEDU coordinator says that in order for the country to see a positive change, these three areas must be implemented in the anticipated constitutional amendments.

“We can’t keep bending the constitution just to serve selfish interests of a few Ugandans. First parliament must re-instate the presidential term limits, review the electoral commissioners and the special representation in parliament,” said Kaheru.

The call follows confirmation by Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Kahinda Otafiire that government has gazetted the Constitutional Amendment Bill, which among others seeks to lift the presidential age limit

While addressing reporters in Ntinda at CCEDU head offices on Tuesday, Kaheru stressed like most critiques have, that the removal of the presidential age limit is meant to pave way for President Yoweri Museveni to seek another term in office.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni will be above the threshold at the next presidential elections in 2021.

“The constitution should be returned back to its original 1995 form of 1995, or it will be rendered useless,” he said.

As for the subject of reviewing the special representation in Parliament Kaheru asked Parliament to see if it’s still useful to have the Army representation in Parliament with today’s political environment.

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