Ugandan lawmakers clobber each other for two successive days

Ugandan lawmakers clobber each other for two successive days

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.

The move on Wednesday met widespread opposition from civic rights activists, opposition politicians and religious leaders.

Since 1986, when Museveni took power, Ugandans have endured all manner of atrocities, including political detentions, assassinations, torture and draconian laws that are meant to suppress dissenting voices. Reuters reports that at least two female MPs were carried out of the chambers after collapsing during Wednesday's hearing, and 25 other members-who were standing in opposition to the proposed extension-were forcibly removed for their involvement in the previous day's scuffles.

This was the second time in five days that legislators interrupted parliament by singing the national anthem for more than 20 minutes to block the bill, despite Kadaga giving Magezi the nod to present the motion challenging the presidential age limits.

Uganda's constitution says no one older than 75 can run for president, which would effectively prevent Museveni from running for re-election in 2021.

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The countries communication regulator banned live broadcasts of the meeting after Tuesday's disruption, but clips of today's session have been shared on Twitter.

Lawmakers exchanged blows, kicks and even threw objects like microphone stand and chairs at each another. The damage was still being assessed on Thursday, when Uganda's New Vision newspaper ran the headline, "Age limit fight leaves Parliament chambers in ruins".

The brawl, which was captured on camera, lasted for several minutes before the parliamentary security personnel stepped in to restore sanity to the honorable house.

Police fired teargas to disperse protests by students and other opposition activists, as they arrested a leading opposition figure, Kizza Besigye for allegedly organising the protests.

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