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Opposition MPs: Reinstatement of Term Limits a Mockery

Francis Mwijukye, the Buhweju county MP, says MPs who supported the amendments have worked against the country. He argues that the approved amendments are not for peace, development and transformation of the country.

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Opposition legislators have described the move to reinstate the president term limits in the constitution as a mockery to Ugandans. Last night, parliament voted to scrap the presidential age limit and reinstate the presidential terms. 

They also voted to extend their term from five to seven years. 315 legislators voted in favour of the amendment against 92 who opposed it.  Two legislators abstained from the vote. 

Now, opposition legislators say what transpired in parliament on Wednesday night was a mockery to Ugandans and a loss that is irrevocable. Winfred Kiiza, the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, says she led a strong team that put up a strong fight and will be judged by history. 

According to Kiiza, many legislators will regret their decision in the future, adding that she regrets the fact that MPs have added themselves more years contrary to what the voters gave them. Kiiza also said there is no guarantee that president, Yoweri Museveni will not remove the reinstated term limits. 

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Cyrus Aogon, the Kumi County MP, said the return of the term limits will not in any way help Ugandans since their major fight was against president, Museveni's long stay in power. He says there might be chaos should Museveni fail to get results in the proposed referendum.

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Anne Adeke, the National Youth MP says whatever happened in parliament is illegitimate and contrary to the constitution.

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Francis Mwijukye, the Buhweju county MP, says MPs who supported the amendments have worked against the country. He argues that the approved amendments are not for peace, development and transformation of the country.

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Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, the Kyadondo East MP, says what transpired in parliament a sign of greed on the part of legislators.

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