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Judges In Uganda Accuse Members Of Parliament Of Being Selfish

Judges in Uganda have accused MPs for being greedy when they prolonged their term in office from 5 to 7 years during the time the age limit was passed.

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In December 2017, the Parliament passed the arguable age limit bill to help extend the district Chairperson and presidential age limit from the constitution after 317 Members of Parliament supported the suggestion while the 97 others opposed it.

MPs also passed a bill which would favor their termly extension from 5 to 7 years and it was expected to start with this very term.

On Thursday, the Deputy Chief Justice, Owiny Dollo Alphonso including a team of five Constitutional Court Judges as well as Barishaki Cheborion, Musoke Elizabeth and Kalule Remmy endorsed the amendment in contrast with Justice Kahuru Kenneth of one mind agreed that it was unlawful act for the MPs to extend the parliament’s term from 5 to 7 years.

The unlawful act by the lawmakers was described as being greed or selfishness simply because it wasn’t benefiting the Nation, but preferably the Members of Parliament.

Justice Kakuru Kenneth said if they decide to follow what happened, that would simply mean every 5 years, the Parliament would extend it’s tenures without announcing an election and in 70s, this is exactly what General Idi Amin did by announcing himself as life President and Parliament.

The Judge however said there no good reason for the Members of Parliament to grant themselves 2 more years on top of 5 without consulting their voters, according to Nile Post.

Members of Parliament have no power to enact laws on their own, the power belongs to the voters who revive that endorsement every 5 years,’’said Kenneth.

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