(Xinhua) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni
on Sunday saluted his ruling party’s lawmakers for
voting on the disputed constitutional amendment bill for
removing the presidential age limit of 75 years.
Museveni while delivering the New Year
message hailed the 317 National Resistance Movement (NRM)
for defying opposition to amend for a flexible
“Liars who talk of life presidency of
Museveni should be exposed. They are uninformed or
schemers who don’t want Uganda and Africa to
succeed,” said Museveni.
“The 317 MPs should deepen their
understanding of NRM ideology, get out of careerism
and become durable soldiers of African Revolution.
They should boldly and persistently mobilize the
masses to get out of poverty,” he said.
A total of 317 lawmakers, mainly his
from the NRM party, voted to scrap the presidential age
limit of 75 years, which now allows Museveni to run in
the 2021 elections.
The NRM has used its numerical
strength in Parliament to attain the two-thirds
majority, which was 289 lawmakers out of the 434 to pass
the new law after the third reading.
The bill, which now awaits for
Museveni assent also entrenched the two five-year
presidential term limits.
Uganda once had the presidential term
limits but were scrapped off in 2005 amid accusations
that the move was meant to favor President Museveni.
The legislators also voted to extend
their parliamentary and local government term of office
from the current five years to seven years, starting
with the current term, which was set to expire in 2021.