MPs wants govt to re-table people’s view on reforms

The legal and parliamentary affairs committee directs the ministry of justice and constitutional affairs to table the memoranda containing views of Ugandans on constitutional and electoral reforms after insisting that the views tabled by the executive through the constitutional amendment bill 2015 contradict the popular opinion of Ugandans.

The Justice and constitutional affairs minister Kahinda Otafiire, the attorney general Fred Ruhindi and his deputy Mwesigwa Rukutana were before the committee to explain in detail some aspects in the bill.

Medard Ssegonna shadow Minister for Justice Affairs spoke on behalf of the opposition on this matter

Minister Otafire attempted to reject the request of the committee saying the Uganda Law Reform Commission was still using the documents but he accepted after some opposition members asked the chairman to invoke the powers of the committee to demand for the documents in question.

The committee has also directed the ministers to ensure that a bill aimed at reforming the parliamentary and presidential election acts is tabled in parliament as soon as possible.

This after Otafiire confirmed that they intend to table that bill in future when the house has concluded handling the constitutional amendment bill.

The Mps rejected this position saying that all amendments must be handled urgently

The Attorney General Fred Ruhindi concurred with the committee proposing that the bill be shared with the committee as soon as possible.

Story by

Kenneth Lukwago

May 19 2014