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MPs question government over Constitutional Review Commission

Kampala, Uganda | PWATCHUG|  A sec­tion of Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment have tasked gov­ern­ment to ex­plain its de­lay to ap­point a Con­sti­tu­tional Re­view Com­mis­sion to over­see an over­haul of amend­ment of the con­sti­tu­tion.

Bu­li­isa County MP, Stephen Muk­i­tale Bi­rahwa, while rais­ing a mat­ter of na­tional im­por­tance recently, told the House that for close to two years, gov­ern­ment has failed to ap­point mem­bers of the Com­mis­sion to spear­head an over­haul of the con­sti­tu­tion.

In 2015, Par­lia­ment passed the Con­sti­tu­tional Amend­ment Bill; how­ever sev­eral pro­pos­als that were pre­sented by the op­po­si­tion and civil so­ci­ety were not in­cluded in the amend­ments, prompt­ing an out­cry.

To cure the gaps, the Prime Min­is­ter, Dr. Ruhakana Ru­gunda promised that a Con­sti­tu­tional Re­view Com­mis­sion would be set up to han­dle the pro­pos­als that were not in­cluded in the bill.

Muk­i­tale told the House that there is grow­ing in­ter­est in con­sti­tu­tional amend­ments, which gov­ern­ment is not tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion. He also won­dered why gov­ern­ment had failed to bring the mat­ter as part of its busi­ness, in spite of calls from the Speaker of Par­lia­ment, Re­becca Kadaga to do so.

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