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Tensions were high over a plan backed by members of 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.

Unlike in Zimbabwe where President Mugabe changes the Constitution at will, opposition MPs in Uganda have flatly refused to be flattered by President Yoweri Museveni.

This week, as lawmakers debated one of the country's most important bills, Uganda's parliament turned into an ultimate fighting ring.

Ugandans took to social media to condemn the incident, with some even calling for the disbandment of the entire parliament.

"Violent scenes & fights offend minimum broadcasting standards.@UCC_Official [UCC] is obligated by law [to] enforce these standards & protect consumers", Tumwebaze wrote.

The ruling party, National Resistance Movement, has been infamous for amending the constitution in order to prolong Museveni's term of office.

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.

Lawmakers threw chairs, used microphone stands as makeshift weapons and brawled on top of the seats in the house.

"The military siege around parliament - it's the end of people power in Uganda, it's a full-blown military dictatorship", said Sarah Birete, program director at the Kampala-based Centre for Constitutional Governance. Obore said it was up to the electorate to judge how their MPs had behaved in the House. Three local journalists there were arrested as they covered the protests, according to Hudson Apunyo, an official in a journalists' association in the area.

A resolution was filed weeks back to allow a debate the removal of the presidential age limit now pegged at 75. They have been staging protests ever since the country country got wind of the fact that Magyezi motion was to soon be tabled in parliament.


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