Parliament has approved Shillings 13.1 billion additional funds to the Justice and Constitutional Affairs to cater for processing of amendments to the constitution by the Constitutional Review Commission.
Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah.
Parliament has approved 13.1 billion shillings additional funds
for the Constitutional Review Commission.
This followed a report by the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee in
which the Chairperson Jacob Oboth Marksons noted that constitutional reforms
were required to improve governance of the country, but the establishment of
the Constitutional Review Commission requiring 13.13 billion had not been
funded in the coming financial year 2019/2010.
The approval of the additional funds follows a list 14 people who
were last year by appointed by government to sit on the Commission to consider
various constitutional reforms.
They are the former Attorney General, Prof. Khiddu Makubuya who
will be deputized by former Speaker of Parliament Francis Butagira.
The other nominated members of the Commission are Nusura Tiperu
Omar, the former EALA representative, former St Francis Chapel Chaplain,
Makerere University, Rev. Amos Turyahabwe, High Court advocate Paul Wanyoto, Law
Development Centre lecturer Dr Diana Musoke.
Others are former MP and lawyer Dan Wandera Ogalo, former
Ambassador Richard Angualia, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)
Charles Elem Ogwal, Uganda National Youth Council Chairperson Lillian Aber, and
Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) Research Director Kamdi Byonabye.
Appearing before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee in January, the
Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Kahinda Otafiire, said that the
Commission was ready to start work, but were just waiting for the Ministry of
Finance to avail funds.
There is increased demand for the electoral reforms ahead of the
2021 elections with the opposition arguing that the Constitutional Amendment
Bill, 2015 which was passed ignored many views for reforms.
However, Otafiire insisted that all reforms whether electoral or
not will be handled by the new Commission.
In 2016, Supreme Court judges led by Chief Justice Bart Katureebe
made 10 recommendations aimed at creating reforms that will guarantee free and
fair presidential elections in 2021 and beyond.
They directed the Attorney General (AG), who is the chief government legal
adviser to follow up the recommendations and report back to court within two
Some of the recommendations included extending the filing and determination
period of presidential election petitions to 60 days to enable the concerned
parties and court to adequately prepare and present their case, enacting a law
to bar the involvement of public servants from meddling in elections and
punishment of media houses, which refuse to grant equal airtime to all
presidential candidates among others.
The justices were delivering their judgment in a presidential election petition
of Amama Mbabazi Versus Kaguta Museveni and 2 others.