Museveni backs Abiriga’s proposal to increase presidential terms to seven years

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Arua Municipality lawmaker, Ibrahim Abiriga, has revealed plans to table a private members bill that seeks to extend the terms of all elective offices including [presidency, MPs, LCV chairpersons, etc ] from five to seven years, including that of the president.

Abiriga who was on September 27, 2017, along Kyaggwe road in Kampala eased himself on the fence of Ministry of Finance says five years are not adequate for an elected leader to undertake programmes, pledges or projects.
“It is short. Very short. So leaders need something like seven years,” the eccentric MP said.

Abiriga says he was working with some people to draft his bill and sounded confident that it would be tabled on the floor of parliament as early as January 2018.

Museveni speaks out

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On the proposal to increase the years of term of office from five to seven years the President Museveni said the leaders in Africa have much more to do and need adequate time to develop the continent and saw no harm in having longer terms.

“For these countries with all these problems, two terms of five years is just a joke. Those who talk about this are just looking at improving their CVs. We might not discuss it now but there is merit at looking at the seven years. It would give some time to these young countries to develop. France has seven-year terms, I do not see what they have lost,” the president noted while meeting MPs at State House on Tuesday.

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