Presidential Age-limit Sparks Fierce Brawl Among Ugandan MPs

Lawmakers get into a fistfight in Uganda parliament

Protests in Ugandan Parliament Due to Motion on Terms of Office

Museveni, who has been at the helm of the country since 1986 and is credited with restoring peace and stability to the African nation, won re-election a year ago in a poll marred by allegations of vote fraud and intimidation by security forces.

In his bid to restore calm, the speaker ordered the forcible ejection of at least 25 MPs opposed to the proposed constitutional amendment to prolong Museveni's tenure, while other like-minded MPs walked out of the chambers in support of their colleagues.

Unable to establish order, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga adjourned the House of Parliament sitting to 2pm yesterday after opposition legislators continually interrupted an attempt by MP Raphael Magezi to present a motion removing the presidential age limit by singing Uganda's national anthem.

The proposal, echoing steps by other veteran African leaders to void legal limits on their rule, has stirred widespread resistance from rights activists, opposition parties, religious leaders and even some members of Museveni's party.

"Adding: ". The Commission hereby directs all broadcasters to immediately stop and refrain from broadcasting live feeds which are in breach of the minimum broadcasting standards and the best practice guidelines for electronic media coverage/reporting and broadcasting of live events.

The brawling in parliament continued on Wednesday.

Embarrassed by a similar brawl on Tuesday which garnered wide media coverage at home and overseas, the government said it was suspending live radio and television coverage of parliamentary proceedings.

The ban, however, was viewed by critics as a deliberate blackout on opponents of the bill.

The age limit motion is largely seen as a piece of legislation seeking to allow incumbent President Yoweri Museveni to stay in power.

Media in Uganda routinely complain of harassment by security personnel.

In a related development, four journalists from Lira spent a night in prison after they were arrested for covering anti age limit amendment protests.

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