Arua Municipality MP, Col Ibrahim Abiriga has disclosed plans to table a private members bill that seeks to extend the terms of all elective offices from five to seven years, including that of the president.
Speaking to The Nile Post yesterday, Abiriga said five years are not adequate for an elected leader to implement his programmes, pledges or projects.
“It is short. Very short. So leaders need something like seven years,” the eccentric MP said.
The amendment will affect the presidency, MPs, LCV chairpersons, municipal mayors among other elected local leaders.
This will be the second time an MP attempts to draft a bill to extend terms of elected officers from five to seven years.
Nakifuma legislator Robert Kafeero Ssekitoleko tried to enact a similar bill but he was not successful.
Abiriga said he was working with some people to draft his bill and sounded confident that it would be tabled on the floor of parliament as early as January 2018.
It remains to be seen whether Abiriga’s bill we see the light of day.