A Member of Parliament has tasked government to explain the delay by government in setting up a constitutional review commission.
Ndorwa West MP and Shadow Attorney General, Wilfred Niwagaba, during Parliament’s plenary sitting on November 23, 2016, demanded for answers from government on why the commission has not been put in place since the Constitution Amendment Act was passed by Parliament in 2015.
Niwagaba, who posed the question during the weekly, one-hour Prime Minister’s question time session, reminded the House that during review of reforms by Parliament, government proposed that a constitutional review commission would be set up to cater for proposals that were not included in the bill.
However, in response, Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda asked the MPs to exercise patience, revealing that the line ministry, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs will update the House in a statement.
During a meeting between Otafiire and Parliament’s committee on Human Rights this year, Otafiire explained that the quest for constitutional reforms requires a referendum across the country. He said government needed more time to handle the matter.
Through the Citizens Compact Manifesto, members of the opposition are demanding for an overhaul in the constitution. Some of the reforms being mooted include reinstatement of the presidential term limits as opposed to the current provision which sets the presidential age limit at 75 years.
Other proposals include reconstitution of the Electoral Commission to allow for open vetting and appointment by the Judicial Service Commission.
Attempts by Nakifuma County MP, Robert Kafeero Ssekitoleko to table the Constitution Amendment Bill 2016 to extend the retirement age of judicial officers including Supreme Court and High Court judges, was rejected by Parliament mid this year.
Parliament instead tasked government to come up with an omnibus bill to cater for proposals from all stakeholders.