By MARICA MACHARIA
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) - POLITICAL experts from the region are scheduled to meet in Kenya later this week to discuss the prevailing atmosphere, particularly the emotive issue of presidential term limits.
The workshop is scheduled for Nairobi on Thursday.
According o organizers, the seminar will examine the relationship between term limits and sustainable peace, development, constitutionalism and democratic consolidation in the region.
It comes on the back of the controversy surrounding Burundi’s recent presidential elections, which highlighted the ongoing challenge of peaceful changes in leadership in Africa.
Constitutions and other laws impose term limits throughout most of East Africa and the Great Lakes region.
Despite this, several presidents have mobilised political support and used legal means to either remove or ignore term limits, leading to entrenched authoritarian and personalised rule.
Uganda and Rwanda are preparing for upcoming presidential elections that will probably extend the terms of Presidents Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame.
The workshop in Nairobi will explore what impact will these elections have on constitutionalism and good governance in the region?
The event is made possible with funding from the governments of Norway, Sweden, Australia, Denmark and the Netherlands and is co-hosted with the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Kenya.
It will be held under theme, “Extending term limits: assessing the cost for East Africa.”
– CAJ News