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MPs pass 7-year term, next election to be held in 2023

Kampala. Members of Parliament (MPs) last evening voted to increase the term of Parliament from five to seven years.
They said this will give legislators time to finish parliamentary business, for the development of Uganda.

“Five years have been found to be too short for purposes of development,” Michael Tusiime, the Mbarara Municipality MP said.
“During the first two years, Members are getting acclimatised to Parliamentary procedures, conduct and business.”

He added that during the first two years, many legislators are held up in the courts of law over possible election petitions.

“Accordingly, most Members settle in the third year to start serious parliamentary business. Then during the fourth year, Members are preparing for primaries within their political parties,” Mr Tusiime added.

Also to be increased to seven, from five years, is the term of local government councils.
This is meant to align their term with that of Parliament and President “since government must act as one”.

Budadiri West MP, Nandala Mafabi, questioned the interest of those who supported the increase.
“Rule 93 of our rules of procedure requires declaration of personal interest in any matter before the House,” Mr Mafabi said.

“What Tusiime is raising is not of interest to the current members. A member shall not take part in a discussion or any matter before the House in which he has direct pecuniary interest unless he or she has declared the nature of the interest to the House.”

He said the contract the Tenth Parliament has with the electorate is for five years.
On hearing this, some of his colleagues booed Mr Mafabi.

Contributing to debate on the same issue, Barnabas Tinkasiimire, the Buyaga West MP, said the House is becoming unbearable.
The legislators also voted in support of increasing the term of the current local government councils.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said that since Parliament is the legislative arm of the government, it has to make the amendments on behalf of local government councils and for the President.

The Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana, said the proposed amendment will not impact on the Treasury.
“The Ministry of Finance gave us a Certificate of Financial Implication, which indicated that contrary to what Nandala Mafabi is saying, if the expected amendments pass, the country will register saving in revenue,” Mr Rukutana said.

“The principle to extend the current term of office of the President, Parliament and local councils does not have additional funding implications to government beyond the current emoluments and allowances which shall be met within the existing resources…”

He said if the amendments are approved, there would be no general elections in 2021.
That, he added, would mean savings for the government resources earmarked for elections in 2021 and that there would be no need to buy vehicles for MPs in 2021.

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1 comment

rezen Dec 21, 2017 at 10:34 pm

Subject: “MPs pass 7-year term, next election to be held in 2023” By Daily Monitor, Dec 21, 2017

Commentary, 21 Dec 2017
In our Africa, five years is too short to accomplish anything. By audacious contrast [and please forgive me], in the good old USA — Home of the Universe — four years is the allowable time to accomplish something for the benefit of its citizens, together with the discharging of duties to the affairs of the free world.
If the President is found to be good on his task, another four years is granted by the people. But NEVER more than eight years. Only one President was given three terms (12 years) in the history of the USA.

In our Dear Africa, 12-year period is a peanut. Example: The Honorable, His Excellency Mr. Museveni, the Fountain of Knowledge & Wisdom, Graduate of Makerere University has been President for thirty-four years already and is demanding that he be President for LIFE. The trend in Africa is in that direction.

Therefore, it follows without saying that Parliamentarians of the country would follow the example of the President of the country — thus increasing their term of five years to seven years. The next step will follow soon, making Africa the most stagnant continent in the universe. If we need any proof, just take the example of our dear African Union, which used to be called Organization of African Unity. In fifty-four years the OAU and AU have accomplished NOTHING for the benefit of the ordinary African people.

In fifty-four Years:
a) Have we accomplished any tangible task in the field of AGRICULTURE to feed the African people?
b) Have we accomplished any worthwhile task in the field of MEDICAL area to protect the health of the African people?
c) Have we done anything at all in the field of REAL EDUCATION to extricate Africa from the colonial master’s hypnotizing training system?

There is more to say about Africa. We could legitimately ask about African Intellectuals, Graduate of Ivy League Universities in the Western World, with Doctor of Philosophy Degrees:
a) What did the do for the benefit of the ordinary African?
b) Have they ever gotten together to form a study group to forge an in-depth study about their Africa?
c) Have they ever questioned, critically and openly, the iron rule governments of the fifty-four African countries?
Let History be the judge as to their unique behaviour in the crucial time for the survival of THEIR OWN people. The only excuse they may have (inaudibly) is the fact that they have never been educated to THINK but only to become mimickers and memorizers just to pass the exam and get 13 X15 inch paper as a testimony of their nothingness. It simply leads one to say >>> THE AFRICAN INTELLECTUALS ARE ACTUALLY NOT CAPABLE OF HELPING THEIR AFRICA. Putting it crudely: THE DON’T KNOW HOW. THE END

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