Fistfight breaks out in Ugandan Parliament

Protests in Ugandan Parliament Due to Motion on Terms of Office

The proposal to change the constitution has met widespread opposition from rights activists, the political opposition, religious leaders and from some members of Museveni's own ruling party.

On the substantive issue, head of the house, Speaker Kadaga, ruled after the day's heated debate that the age limit motion had been allowed.

The debate on whether to lift the restrictions on presidential age limit of 75 in order to enable President Yoweri Museveni to run for re-election has divided Uganda members of parliament.

Museveni, a USA ally on regional security, took power by force in 1986 and was re-elected past year in a poll marred by allegations of fraud and voter intimidation.

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According to reports, about two female lawmakers were rushed out of the hall to the hospital.

A resolution was filed weeks back to allow a debate the removal of the presidential age limit now pegged at 75.

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.

Should the bill be passed he would be able to serve a third term in office.

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Ugandan lawmakers on Wednesday got engaged in physical violence while protesting a proposed age limit amendment bill that would scrap the presidential age limit.

The brawl, which was captured on camera, lasted for several minutes before the parliamentary security personnel stepped in to restore sanity to the honorable house.

Parliamentarians hurled chairs at each other and swung microphone stands like swords. Their only hope of getting rid of Museveni, who they accuse of mismanaging the country, is the constitutional clause that prevents the 73-year-old President from running for a sixth consecutive term.

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.

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