All leaders and flag bearers belonging to the National Unity Platform will according to the new constitutional amendment only serve two terms.
This includes leaders at all levels, including the party president, NUP members of parliament and local government leaders.
The new development came out of the NUP party delegates conference held this week at the party’s new offices in Makerere Kavule, Kampala District.
The process follows a constitutional review process which started several months ago and led by Hon. Medard Sseggona.
According to the latest amendments, a person “cannot be NUP party president, party chairman or Secretary general for more than two terms” of five years each.
“Likewise, a person cannot be a member of parliament or councilor at the same level under the NUP flag for more than two terms.” A statement from NUP notes adding that the provisions will be operationalized starting next elective season.
The statement however clarifies that former presidents of NUP are at liberty to stand and contest as candidates in a presidential race in national/general elections. This means that the current party president Robert Kyagulanyi can seek a party flag even when his two terms expire.
In total, the statement highlights 10 prominent issues in the amended NUP constitution including a provisions to elect National Executive Council (NEC) members, expand the composition of the party delegates conference from the current 150 to 500 members.
The amended NUP constitution introduces a new category of Honorary members in which the National Executive Committee will award 3 selected persons who it deems have significantly contributed to the values and objectives of the party.