Ugandan MPs throw punches in Parliament over age-limit debate
Chaotic scenes broke out in Uganda’s parliament as MPs debated the contentious elimination of the presidential age restrict.
Tempers flared and lawmakers had been filmed brawling after it was alleged an MP had introduced a gun into the chamber.
The speaker ordered a search however no gun was discovered, native media reported.
The age-limit problem is controversial as a result of long-standing President Yoweri Museveni is 73 years previous and the restrict for re-election is capped at 75.
President Museveni has been in energy since 1986 and democratically elected as president since 1996.
However the present constitutional age restrict would stop him from standing for a sixth time period within the 2021 elections.
His governing occasion, the Nationwide Resistance Motion (NRM), has been concerned in a contentious invoice to revise the nation’s structure.
A earlier two-term restrict was scrapped in 2005 to permit President Museveni to face for a 3rd time period.
The scuffles broke out on Tuesday throughout a plenary session after the parliament speaker allowed the constitutional modification to be introduced to MPs.
Native media reported that it took 20 minutes for the commotion to settle down.
Earlier, police had fired tear gasoline at some protesters within the capital Kampala earlier than the talk started.
A number one opposition determine was additionally reportedly arrested attempting to mobilise protesters, a police spokesperson stated.
Final week, parliament needed to be adjourned after opposition MPs chanted, heckled and whistled over the age-limit problem.