Tanzanians, Ugandans react to proposal to extend William Ruto’s tenure
Tanzanians and Ugandans on social media have shared varied reactions following a proposal to change the law to allow Kenya President William Ruto to extend his term of office for up to two decades.
The amendment has been promised by Fafi MP Salah Yakub.
He argues the duration a Head of State stays at the helm should be based on age and not the period of service.
Dr Bireete Sarah, a Ugandan human rights activist. described the proposal as ‘a curse for Africa’
Thabit Jacob, a Tanzanian scholar, compared President Ruto to deceased Tanzania president John Pombe Magufuli.
I was the first to warn Majirani have got their own Jo Pombe of 'some sort', but I didn't expect this move so early. Wow 🇰🇪 pic.twitter.com/GhZxhO518x
— Thabit Jacob, PhD (@ThabitSenior) November 8, 2022
There was info about a deal to remove term limits @jumuiya level during Kenya elections. If @WilliamsRuto proceeds with this, He will be part of the CURSE FOR AFRICA ~ MP reveals plan to remove Kenya’s presidential term limit |Monitor https://t.co/THxNRblGIw
— Dr. Bireete Sarah (@SarahBireete) November 8, 2022
We warned Kenyans about that man being friends to museveni now let them get ready
— LENON MULLAR🇺🇬 (@LENONMULLAR_) November 8, 2022
That will mark the beginning of suffering. Try to inquire from the Ugandans who don't have term limits.
We are fed up with Museveni but no way out.
— Babise Robert (@RobertBabise) November 8, 2022
Kenya didn’t listen when we told them anyone close to museveni will be compromised
— Denis Matt Elungat ⚪️ (@MattElungat) November 8, 2022
That's how it started in 🇺🇬 and now we are in tears. 🇰🇪 watch out for this move as it brings life presidence.
— Frank Azu (@FrankAzu3) November 8, 2022
Uzuri wa wenzetu uvumilivu hawana lazima wachapane 🤔
— Antonia Milinga (@33Yeremia) November 8, 2022
Ugandans have twice changed the constitution to extend President Yoweri Museveni’s reign to close to four decades.
In 2005, Ugandan legislators removed the term limits and in 2017, the lawmakers again voted overwhelmingly to scrap an age limit capped at 75 years.
Museveni has yet to announce whether he will contest in the 2026 polls.