Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah – No one will pass resolutions on presidential term limits

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah , has told a meeting of European, Caribbean and African Members of Parliament that no one will pass resolutions that impose presidential term limits on Uganda.

Oulanyah made the remarks as the Committee on Political Affairs resumed consideration of a motion on a resolution on constitutional limits for presidential terms in Nairobi Kenya.

The speaker says Uganda’s constitution has mechanisms through which political power can change hands and that the Constitution was the ultimate will of the people of Uganda which non-Ugandans should not undermine.

The Committee is part of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Parliamentary Assembly.

The proposals for presidential terms limits are being advocated by Members of the European Parliament with support from some Members from the ACP.

Oulanyah advocated for the dropping of the whole motion on term limits following concerns that these were being dictated by the European Parliament.

He added that despite the fact that the Motion was agreed on by the ACP in its earlier stages, it was possible to have it dropped all together at this point.

In the same meeting, the ACP Committee on Political Affairs called on President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia to respect the outcome of the recent elections and hand over power.