Ugandan president blasts court ruling on parliament

KAMPALA- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday said a recent court ruling barring the extension of the term of parliament and local councils was undemocratic.

Museveni in a statement said the judges of the Constitutional Court focused on procedure and not substance.

The five judges of the court on July 26 ruled that the procedure to extend the term of parliament and that of local council was wrongly done by parliament.

They said the legislators did not consult the electorates.

They maintained that the term of parliament should remain at five years and not seven years as legislators decided.

Museveni argued that with five years, a lot of time is spent on electioneering and less on development.

Parliament in December last year also amended the country’s constitution in which it removed the age limit of 75 years as maximum and 35 years as minimum for one to run for presidency.

Source: Ghana News Agency