Kampala – Lawmakers brawled in Uganda’s parliament on Tuesday over long-serving ruler Yoweri Museveni’s attempt to stay in power by removing presidential age-limits.
MPs shouted, shoved, threw punches and lobbed documents in a fight between ruling party politicians and those from the opposition. At least one MP brandished a chair and attempted to hit his opponent over the head.
Tensions were high over a plan backed by members of President Museveni’s party to table a constitutional amendment scrapping age limits, which would clear the way for the 73-year-old to run for a sixth consecutive term in 2021.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga struggled to control the brawl which broke out after one of the MPs from the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) — many of whom were wearing red headbands to protest the proposed amendment — accused a government legislator of threatening him and of sneaking a gun into the chamber.