The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) convenes in Kampala for its sittings. According to EALA Speaker, Dan Kidega, the regional Parliament will hold its sittings from January 17th to 23rd.
While addressing the media at Parliament on January 16th 2017, Kidega outlined some of the business that will be transacted during the sitting.
Among issued to be tackled include debate and passing of the East African Community Gender Equality Bill 2016, the Administration of the East African Court of Justice Bill 2016 and the EAC Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill 2016.
The regional legislators will also receive reports from the various Committees like Communications, Trade and Conflict Resolution, among others. President Yoweri Museveni is expected to address the regional MPs during a special sitting in the afternoon tomorrow.
During the press conference, questions were raised on governance within the East African region, particularly on presidential term limits.
In the face of countries like Rwanda and Burundi contemplating plans to amend their constitutions to extend the term of the president, Kidega said that each country is sovereign in as far as amending the constitution to change presidential term limits is concerned.
Kidega said the East African Community bloc does not have the prerogative to dictate on fixing presidential term limits. Kidega emphasized that term limits should not be the only measure for democracy in counties.
He said with the regional bloc pushing for a political federation, it is only then that the EAC will have a harmonized position on term limits and other governance processes.