Government has come out to dismiss rumours in the media that the incoming 11th parliament and the entire government structure will be serving seven years.
Reports started circulating this morning that MPs had “silently smuggled in” extension of their term to seven years.
The rumour was accompanied by images on social media purporting to show copies of the amended parts of the constitution wherein parliament as well as local government elections were to be conducted after seven years.
Speaking from parliament on Tuesday however, Deputy Attorney General Jackson Kafuuzi said the reports were untrue.
Kafuuzi clarified that while the two-year extension was the intention of parliament during “presidential term limit” amendment in 2017, court expunged the extension.
“We made amendments on the floor of parliament and those amendments are taking effect,” Kafuuzi said.
“The amendments that court threw out have no effect; for example, there had been an intention that the two years begin with the 10th parliament. That is not taking effect because court threw it out, but whether or not court threw out the two years, extending the term to seven years is not true.”