Muruli Mukasa, the Acting Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs said that the process of establishing the Constitutional Review Commission has started and the proposal has been forwarded to Cabinet.
The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among stopped the house on Tuesday from considering the Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2022 that seeks to
include five ethnic
groups as indigenous communities in Uganda pending a Constitutional
review process by the government. The five ethnic groups seeking to be recognized as indigenous communities in Uganda
as of 1st February 1926 are the Bakingwe, Baziba, Bagabu, Maragoli,
Mosopisyek and Saboat.
The Kibanda South MP, Jacob Karubanga, was lined up to present the bill for its first reading on Tuesday. However, the speaker stood over the bill, saying that “I
notice that the object of the Bill is to amend the Third Schedule of the
Constitution. Whereas we are duty bound to ensure equal access to opportunities
and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized such
as the ethnic communities that the Bill seeks to include in the Constitution,
it is imperative that this is done comprehensively."
said that there is need to avoid piecemeal amendments of the Constitution.
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demanded that government urgently sets up a Constitutional Review Commission to
handle all proposed amendments to the supreme law.
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Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the Kira Municipality MP
said that several other members have in the past proposed Constitutional
Amendments and these have hardly been processed by parliament. He questioned the process of setting up a Constitutional
Review Commission that government has consistently promised parliament.
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In response, Muruli Mukasa, the Acting Minister of
Justice and Constitutional Affairs said that the process of establishing the
Constitutional Review Commission has started and the proposal has been
forwarded to the Cabinet.
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However, Solomon Silwany, the Bukooli Central MP said
that the statement given by Muruli is the same reason that has been
given to parliament in previous sittings.
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Among directed the Minister to present a
statement on Tuesday next week on the progress made by government to establish the Commission. During the financial year 2019/2010 budgeting process, the Legal and Parliamentary
Affairs Committee report noted that the establishment of the Constitutional
Review Commission required 13.13 billion Shillings.
This followed a list of 14 people who were reported to have
been appointed by government to sit on the Commission to consider various
They are the former Attorney General, Prof. Khiddu
Makubuya, who would be deputized by former Speaker of Parliament, Francis
Butagira. The other members were 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 were 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 2019, the former 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.