UGANDA: Parliament Erupts Into Brawl Over Attempt To Extend Reign Of Dictator Yoweri Museveni [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports:

As lawmakers debated one of the country’s most important bills, Uganda’s parliament turned into an ultimate fighting ring. Parliamentarians hurled chairs at each other and swung microphone stands like swords. Men were torn from the room by their blazers and women by their dresses. Some people wailed and cried.

That fight exposed the bitter rift between lawmakers who support President Yoweri Museveni’s efforts to extend his rule and those who oppose it. Museveni, 73, has been president for 31 years.

Uganda’s constitution says no one older than 75 can run for president, which would effectively prevent Museveni from running for reelection in 2021. Some parliamentarians want to introduce a bill that would change that law, allowing the president to extend his rule.

Museveni is among a growing group of African leaders — in Zimbabwe, Burundi, Rwanda, Congo and other countries — who are trying to stay in power by changing or defying their countries’ laws.

Museveni has banned future broadcasts from parliament.

  • crewman

    They should riot. Good for them.

  • Stogiebear

    “…leaders … who are trying to stay in power by changing or defying their countries’ laws.”

    Who wants to bet that’s in the plans for our future too?

    • Tatonka

      I have to suppress the urge to riot on a daily basis lately.

    • Tawreos

      Well, we know of the republican love for projection and they accused Obama of this daily for the last two or so years of his term.

    • KarenAtFOH

      Didn’t the Capital cops just yank a bunch of people out of the Senate?

      • David Walker

        Why not? I mean, what right do mere people have to observe their congress critters “at work”?

    • cleos_mom

      Actually, my first reaction was something on the order of “too bad that’s not happening on Capitol Hill.”

      • David Walker

        My first reaction was jealousy…their parliament can get that passionate about something. Ours? Not so much.

  • Paula

    Sic Semper Tyrannis!

  • JoeMyGod

    At the 3:30 mark one of the MPs make a pretty sweet catch of a flying chair.

  • WitlessProtection

    I think our lawmakers should have to fight to the death to win their seats.

    • UrsusArctos

      2 out of 3 matches? That might thin the worst out a bit.

      • Paula

        Will weapons be allowed?

        • MBear

          Improvised only: 1d4 damage

          • Paula

            Nerd. 😆😆😆😆

          • MBear

            You got the ref, pot. 😉

        • UrsusArctos

          I’ll donate if they are.

        • MBear

          surface of the planet provides the raw material to construct weapons.
          There’s very little here. Scrub brush, rocks, an abundance of mineral
          deposits, but no weapons in the conventional sense. Still, I need to
          find one. Bare-handed against the Ryan, I have no chance.”

          • Paula

            I was hoping for an arena for gladiatorial games between congressmen.
            No,wait, Thunderdome!

          • MBear

            I’ve always stated that’s how wars should be fought. Leaders of countries should have to fight it out.

  • Tawreos

    I can’t picture this happening here anymore. Most of our government is made up of lawmakers that care more about their suits than the people and the country they are supposed to serve.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    O/T: Puerto Rico

    NBC reporter onsite at Jetblue terminal this morning, reminding everyone that

    1) there’s no air conditioning in the airport
    2) people realize they may be encamped there for days

    Also, too: 75% of the people she spoke to said they’re not coming back. And: getting relief supplies from port to people hampered by lack of fuel for ground transport.

    • Tawreos

      This is disgraceful, it has been over a week.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        I can’t imagine that, if there was a will, there’d be no way to drop necessities to remote areas newly inaccessible over land. Something. ANYTHING. As you say, it’s been over a week.

        • KarenAtFOH

          The dropping part is easy. The hard part is extracting payment from them in return. /s /s /s /vomit

          • Lumpy Gaga

            Yeah, I just went downstairs and saw that passports are now collateral on airfare rescue.

            Stick a fork in this fucking country. It’s over.

          • KarenAtFOH

            This is so distressing on two levels: One, that it is happening at all, and two, that people in a position to stop it are doing nothing.

          • UrsusArctos

            Since Puerto Rico is a US Territory and the residents are citizens, WTF with the demand for passports? Did someone get this wrong? I imagine most Puerto Ricans are like most other Americans and don’t have passports.

          • KarenAtFOH

            It’s extortion, pure and simple. If they try to get a passport in the future, they will be denied until they pay up.

          • Tulle Christensen

            I would guess fewer have one as they cost money and PR is poorer than most states (Mississippi, West Virginia, and Alabama excepted)

          • Mark McGovern

            You are right; probably very few have one. And what about children, most of whom would presumably not have one?

          • Also, how many may have their passports left in homes that were destroyed? Many who had passports may not have access to them.

          • David Walker

            WTF? Remember the days of “coloreds only” or remember hearing about them? I really don’t see that much difference with this. This country is truly fucked when the government pretty much refuses help to its citizens on grounds of color.

          • Tulle Christensen

            and please everyone call your Congress critters, there is no time for a law passed but they may be able to poke some people into action

          • David Walker

            Already have and I am assured that he is VERY angry about the way the whole tragedy has been handled. And he’s republican.

          • Paula

            Cash or gold only. No checks or credit cards.

          • David Walker

            Since 45 has brought up Puerto Rico’s debt problem implying that must be factored in when “considering” helping US citizens, and since this morning’s report that the government is holding people’s passports in lieu of payment for rescue, I’d drop the /s but double the amount of vomit.

          • Judas Peckerwood

            That’s why Trump buys on credit and demands cash up front from customers.

        • Treant

          Easy-peasy. Parachute supply boxes out of planes.

          Hell, even if 9 in 10 got lost, they’d still be better off.

        • Paula

          The U.S. military has a plethora of magic flying machines called helicopters that should already be there distributing supplies

          • Steve Smith

            Really. As the Great Orange Turd has just increased military spending by yet another eighty billion dollars one would imagine they could manage a helicopter for each PR resident.

        • Lazycrockett

          and remember the only reason the USNS Comfort is heading there is because someone in the administration read Hillary’s tweet and looked up what the Comfort was.

          • David Walker

            And it won’t get there until probably next Wednesday at the earliest. That’s TWO FUCKING WEEKS AFTER the disaster began.

        • stuckinthewoods

          Our military has certainly been able to get materiel into Afghanistan and Iraq. Civilian supplies into a non-war zone should be easier.

          • David Walker

            You’d think, wouldn’t you?

    • bkmn

      For this alone Trump deserves to be impeached.

      • Silver Badger

        Perhaps public execution would be more appropriate.

        • Smith_90125

          Whoa, whoa, let’s not get hasty. First, let’s have a military coup, immediate trial and conviction before doing that.

          Given how many generals and admirals have their eyes open to reality (e.g. their open disagreement on transgender soldiers), it’s still a possibility.

          • Silver Badger

            I was saving the military for Pence.

      • 2patricius2

        I think he should be sentenced to live in the airport terminal and to work personally in the hard, years-long physical labor of bringing this American island back to normal.

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    • Lazycrockett

      and Congress has spent the last hour applauding that rep. that got shot a couple months back.

    • TexasBoy
    • ChrisMorley

      Hurricane Maria pushes Puerto Rico’s struggling hospitals to crisis point

      – The health infrastructure was already in crisis before Hurricane Maria – now a majority of the island’s 69 hospitals are without electricity or fuel for generators

  • Captain Jack

    i hope this isn’t our future

  • Rebecca Gardner

    OT but Steve Bannon really hates Jared Kushner. The latest from Dead Brietbart, as expected.

    • Tatonka

      I thought the Repugnicans had already decided Don Jr. was Fredo.

    • Sam_Handwich

      LOCK HER UP!

      • ccc

        Holy shit. I nearly started crying laughing…

    • KarenAtFOH

      If only Kushner were a man, things would have gone smoothly. Amirite, GOP and anyone who voted against Hillary?

    • Gustav2

      Good gawd, that means his family thinks he married up!

    • kaydenpat

      Interesting that Breitbart is citing Vanity Fair. They must not care that the editor for VF hates Trump with a passion.

    • stuckinthewoods

      here’s the link to the VF article. It’s long but shows the Kushner family as the same sort of scum that Trump’s forebears were.

  • Tawdry D’Tails

    That’s some hardcore legislating.

  • Michael R

    The Breitbart comments on this story should be interesting .

    • vorpal 😼

      Why should they care? It isn’t about them.

      • Goodboy

        Well, to be fair they liked their gay policy very much. Just didn’t think it went far enough. Unfortunately most of Uganda didn’t either:*(

  • another_steve

    Quite possibly the most disturbing thing I’ll see today.

    The day is young, however, and there’s always the chance that yet another tooth of mine will fall out while I’m eating lunch – so best to wait before declaring victory.

  • Silver Badger

    Look at where America is headed. Perhaps we should get our rioting out of the way and prepare for a new administration.

    • Goodboy

      Uganda is like a test tube of religion/fascism and extreme poverty. Scapegoats are always the bi product.

  • Goodboy
  • jmax

    I don’t get the powdered wig on the person speaking. Why keep the most silly vestiges of your colonial past and try to imitate your oppressors?

    • Goodboy

      I dunno but the religious right here sure appreciate that.

  • Ernest Endevor

    It’s expected that by 2100 the population of Africa will grow from 1 to 4 billion, putting it on par with Asia. The new map projections give a much better idea of what the world looks like: spoiler alert; Alaska shrinks. So this kind of crap won’t be funny for long.

  • ClevelandJim

    Had a really hard time understanding the audio, who was who? Were the people in red for or against changing the law?

  • Rebecca Gardner

    OT but this is an interesting thread. Apparently 5 days after Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the WH still had no plans to help.

    • kaydenpat

      Sadly that’s not even surprising given how Trump views Brown people and the fact that the Governor there is affiliated with the Democrats.

  • Rex

    Being civilized is overrated.

  • Halou

    *Insert “Who Killed Captain Alex” reference here*

  • Statistics Palin

    I’d have no problem seeing the Ugandan Parliament kill each other. After the kill the gays bill, I think Uganda should start over with a clean slate.

    • Goodboy

      Great but where ya going to find the clean slate?

      • Statistics Palin

        Marin County. Abolish democracy in Uganda for a century. Deport foreign missionaries using a helicopter. Don’t bother to land.

  • kaydenpat

    ”Tis shameful.

  • Smith_90125

    This, from the oh-so-wise christian country that wrote ludicrous anti-LGBTQIA laws and allows people to be burned as witches.

    Racists might try to repeat the colonialist claim “black people can’t govern themselves”, but the reality is the rape-ublicans in the US would be doing the same if they had the one party whites-only state they’re trying to achieve.

  • The_Wretched

    They could do with some fighting lessons. Also, good on them for making some noise against the dictator.

    • kaydenpat

      True. Dictatorships should be a thing of the distant past. They only benefit a few people connected to the Dictator.

  • Ken M

    34.6% of the Uganda population was living on $1.90 per person per day in 2013. I’m aware things cost less there, but $1.90?!? and these guys are concerned about having their suits torn?

    • Ben in Oakland

      They are nice suits. Poor people aren’t nice, and don’t wear nice suits.

  • Puck

    These are the same people that call gays subhuman worthy of execution? Wow, this is how things are done there! Let’s not talk, let’s just start fighting!

  • Natty Enquirer

    “Members of Parliament,” not parliamentarians.

    • motordog

      George Clinton? Ray Davis?

  • HZ81

    This is how the House should have looked the day the election was certified. (Certifiably stolen)

  • JWC

    This happening in the US senate would take 10 mins for these old buggars to stand up

  • colo303

    Wish that would happen here more.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • Asedri Amin

    The issue of age limit shouldn’t make the Ugandan Parliament resort to violence, it’s totally senseless example to the public. All this proves that the Parliament is not a competent body of Ugandan elders to represent and make laws of the nation.
    One thing for sure is that the president has done so much for Uganda within his 31 year rule in office, he has brought peace and security to Ugandans; these two are the vital organs of a nation without which a nation can not stand. The president has stabilised the economy to a point where Uganda by world Bank standard has been removed from the list of the ten least poorest African countries.
    It’s that simple, give the president what he asks for, then let the voters decide!!!.