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Rowdy session at plenary as MPs throw chairs

Rowdy session at plenary as MPs throw chairs Rowdy session at plenary as MPs throw chairs
Christy Curtis | 28 September, 2017, 01:38

At least 25 MPs opposed to the proposed constitutional amendment to prolong Museveni's tenure were forcibly ejected on orders of the speaker for involvement in fighting on Tuesday. The said motion, meanwhile has been passed.

The contradictions are worsening, because when Ugandans go to the polls for the elections in 2021, Museveni, who is 73 years old now, will be two years older than the current 75-year limit.

Things are getting spectacularly intense as Uganda's government debates raising the presidential age limit. Opposition parties see this motion as an attempted power by the President to extend his rule.

The countries communication regulator banned live broadcasts of the meeting after Tuesday's disruption, but clips of today's session have been shared on Twitter.

Uganda's two major privately owned TV stations including a local unit of Kenya's Nation Media Group, and some radio stations broadcast the episode.

"The Commission has noted with concern that both radio and television broadcasting operators are relaying live broadcasts which is inciting the public, discriminating, stirring up hatred, promoting a culture of violence amongst viewers and are likely to create public insecurity or violence", the statement said.

On Tuesday, anti-government protests also occurred in other parts of the country, including in the northern town of Lira.

Police fired teargas to disperse protests by students and other opposition activists, as they arrested a leading opposition figure, Kizza Besigye for allegedly organising the protests. Protestors have been tear gassed during demonstrations and a number of local journalists have been arrested.

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