The East African Legislative Assembly speaker, Rt Hon. Daniel Kidega, has finally opened up on the regional ongoing debate about term limits.
With a process from EALA, Kidega was Monday addressing press at Ugandan parliament ahead of the 1st Meeting of the 4th Session of the Third Assembly to be held in Uganda.
The Speaker thanked President Yoweri Museveni and the people of Uganda for hosting EALA in Uganda for the next two weeks.
He also thanked the Speaker of Parliament of Uganda, Rebecca Kadaga, and her Deputy, Jacob Oulanyah, for allowing EALA to use the Premises for their session.
He was asked to give his take on the removal of term limits which is currently occupying Ugandan and regional debates.
“EALA is democratic,” Kidega pointed out.
It should be remembered that while addressing press at State House Entebbe recently, president Museveni said he did not care what US President, Barack Obama, said as long as he was still elected by the people.
Museveni said the election was a democratic process and being voted back into office should that people still wanted him to lead them contrary to Obama who accused African leaders of clinging onto power.
The Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, also said there was nothing wrong with the removal of term limits as long as people wished a leader to continue leading them.
Kidega, on the other hand, says “if people are in support of term limits then it will be, if not then we will decide against it.”
He said the elections in EA states is a concern of EALA noting that credible elections are essential in the democratic dispensation of the EAC.
“Our appeal to EAC States is to ensure elections are held within the ambit of constitutionalism and electoral laws.”
He also challenged the media to ensure effective and objective reporting and refrain from stirring emotions.
In Congo, President Joseph Kabila is pushing for a third term in office which sparked protests and killings across the country.
In Burundi, President Pierre Nkurunziza despite protests and killings, held unfair elections and declared himself winner of July 2015 presidential elections, giving himself an illegal third term in office.
In Rwanda, legislators claim only 10 people out of millions of Rwandans are opposed to President Paul Kagame’s third term bid.
In Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni is seeking a fifth term come 2016 general elections.
Only in Kenya and Tanzania are term limits still relevant.