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Ugandan Lawmakers Have Brawled Two Days In a Row Over Debates About the Presidential Age Limit

Debates over the presidential age limit in Uganda has led to physical altercations between MPs in the House for two days in a row.

Things are getting spectacularly intense as Uganda's government debates raising the presidential age limit.

Lawmakers have come to actual blows over a proposed change to the constitution which would allow for the country's long-standing leader, President Yoweri Museveni, to run for re-election after the age of 75.

The argument was so heated that meetings have resulted in flat-out brawls between lawmakers. Video footage of MPs pushing, shoving, kicking and throwing chairs and microphone stands at one another have been circulating on social media. Reuters reports that at least two female MPs were carried out of the chambers after collapsing during Wednesday's hearing, and 25 other members—who were standing in opposition to the proposed extension—were forcibly removed for their involvement in the previous day's scuffles.

The countries communication regulator banned live broadcasts of the meeting after Tuesday's disruption, but clips of today's session have been shared on Twitter.

Parliament communications director Chris Obore told Reuters that the motion to lift the age curb had passed, and that MPs from the ruling party had been given a month to submit a bill for review in the House.

Removing the presidential age barrier in the country, which currently stands at 75, would allow for 73-year-old Museveni to remain in power beyond 2021 when the country's next elections are scheduled. He's been in office since 1986.

The highly contested motion, also referred to as the "life presidency bill," sparked mass protests in the country staring earlier this month. Protestors have been tear gassed during demonstrations and a number of local journalists have been arrested.

 

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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