This evening, the Parliament of Uganda has passed the bill to increase the number of MPs by five more.
Uganda’s parliament will be expanding further by 5 new MPs after today’s seating voted to allow elders to be represented in the coming parliament.
The elderly shall be represented by 5 members, all supposed to be above 60 years.
This Parliamentary Elections Amendment Bill was tabled today by Minister of Constitutional Affairs Ephraim Kamuntu and had some opposition from MPs like Muhammad Nsereko who cheekily pointed out that the head of state, vice president and prime minister of Uganda are all above the 60 year threshold.
This addition means 71 new MPs will join the 11th Parliament increasing the number from 457 to 528 MPs. Meanwhile, a motion to have the number of Worker’s Representatives from 5 to 10 was rejected by Parliament.