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MPs In Trouble As Constitutional Court Judge Quashes 7-year Term

Ugandan lawmakers will not go for seven years in parliament as they wished if a ruling by a constitional judge is something to go.

While delivering his judgement on the Age Limit Petition, Constitutional Justice Cheborion Barishaki said legislators breached their social contract with the population by voting to have their term of office extended to seven years.

“The extension of the term of Parliament from five to seven years is null and void. Extension was selfish and goes against the principle of good governance,” Barishaki ruled on Thursday morning.

He addedid,  “The people went to vote knowing the term of office is 5 years, extending without consulting them is breach of social contract, you robbed the people.”

Last year, lawmakers passed the controversial Age Limit law that among other things increased their term of office from five to seven years.

It also removed the presidential age cap (75), paving the way for President Museveni to contest again. He is 73.

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