News & Up­dates:
May 11, 2021

The Par­lia­ment of Uganda has been busy and we are work­ing hard to bring you all the sto­ries on what’s hap­pen­ing in­side Par­lia­ment. The month of Jan­u­ary was dom­i­nated by the con­sid­er­a­tion of the bud­get frame­work pa­per both by the sec­toral com­mit­tees and by the house. A cou­ple of Bills were passed and as well as the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan III. Here are our top sto­ries for the month of Jan­u­ary;

As the 2020/​2021 bud­get takes shape, the Par­lia­ment con­sid­ered and passed the re­port of the Bud­get Com­mit­tee on the Na­tional Bud­get Frame­work pa­per for the Fi­nan­cial Years 2020/​2021 – 2024/​2025.  A break­down of this analy­sis can be ac­cessed here.

The Con­sti­tu­tion Amend­ment Bill 2019 is un­der con­sid­er­a­tion

In 2017, some ar­ti­cle of the Con­sti­tu­tion were amended in ar­guably the most vi­o­lent fash­ion in mem­ory. MPs are at it again. The Com­mit­tee on Le­gal is han­dling the Con­sti­tu­tion (Amend­ment) Bill’ 2019. The Bill seeks to re­in­state the Pres­i­den­tial term lim­its, re­move army rep­re­sen­ta­tion from Par­lia­ment, re­strict the num­ber of min­is­ters to 21, per­mit po­lit­i­cal par­ties to chal­lenge the Pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, change the name of the Uganda Po­lice Force to Uganda Po­lice Ser­vice,  re­peal the of­fice of the Res­i­dent Dis­trict Com­mis­sion­ers ( RDC),  re­peal the of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter, in­volve the Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion in the ap­point­ment of mem­bers of the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion,  es­tab­lish a panel of Speak­ers  among other key changes. We shall fol­low closely to see how Par­lia­ment han­dles these rad­i­cal pro­pos­als. Read more

Some of the Law passed in­clude:-

The Traf­fic and Road Safety Act 1998 (Amend­ment) Bill, 2019 into an Act of Par­lia­ment. The Act seeks to strengthen road trans­port reg­u­la­tion & road safety man­age­ment in Uganda.

The Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment and Dis­posal of Pub­lic As­sets Amend­ment Bill, 2019.

Par­lia­ment con­sid­ered and passed the mo­tion for a Res­o­lu­tion of Par­lia­ment au­tho­riz­ing Gov­ern­ment to bor­row up to Euro 162,445,694.1 (US$178,276,661.7) from the In­dus­trial and Com­mer­cial Bank of China to fi­nance the Power Sup­ply to In­dus­trial Parks and Grid Up­grade and Power Trans­mis­sion Ex­ten­sion Pro­ject.

 

What to ex­pect,

As Uganda gears for the 2021 elec­tions, sev­eral elec­toral re­forms have been pro­posed in five Bills. Par­lia­ment is ex­pected to look at and pass the fol­low­ing Bills:

Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties and Or­gan­i­sa­tions (amend­ment) Bill, 2019 the pur­pose of this Bill is to amend the Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties and Or­gan­i­sa­tions Act, 2005 to re­move the pow­ers given to the Min­is­ter to pre­scribe a code of con­duct for po­lit­i­cal par­ties and or­gan­i­sa­tions and to pre­scribe a code of con­duct for po­lit­i­cal par­ties and or­gan­i­sa­tions as re­quired by ar­ti­cle 7I (2) of the Con­sti­tu­tions.

The Pres­i­den­tial Elec­tions (Amend­ment) Bill, 2019. The pur­pose of this Bill is to amend the Pres­i­den­tial Elec­tions Act, 2005 to pre­scribe the pe­riod for hold­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tions; to pre­scribe the time for cam­paigns; to pro­vide for the par­tic­i­pa­tion of in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates in elec­tions; to pro­vide for re­stric­tions on can­di­dates’ sources of fund­ing to fi­nance elec­tions; to pro­vide for the elec­tronic trans­mis­sion of re­sults and to align the Pres­i­den­tial Elec­tions Act, 2005 with the Con­sti­tu­tion as amended by the Con­sti­tu­tion (Amend­ment) Act, 2018.

Par­lia­men­tary Elec­tions (amend­ment) Bill, 2019. The pur­pose of this Bill is to amend the Par­lia­men­tary Elec­tions Act, 2005 to pro­vide for the par­tic­i­pa­tion of in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates in elec­tions; to pro­vide for re­stric­tions on can­di­dates’ sources of fund­ing to fi­nance elec­tions; to re­quire the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion to des­ig­nate re­stricted ar­eas and to pro­vide for a spe­cial pro­ce­dure for vot­ing in re­stricted ar­eas.

The Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (Amend­ment) Bill, 2019. The pur­pose of this Bill is to amend the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion Act, Cap.140 to es­tab­lish the Elec­toral Re­form Com­mit­tee; to pro­vide for the use of tech­nol­ogy in the man­age­ment of elec­tions; to re­des­ig­nate reg­is­trars as dis­trict elec­tion ad­min­is­tra­tors; to pro­vide for the ap­point­ment of as­sis­tant re­turn­ing of­fi­cers by the com­mis­sion; to re­quire the com­mis­sion to pub­lish in the Gazette, places at which vot­ers ‘reg­is­ters and polling sta­tions are to be dis­played and to align the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion Act with the Con­sti­tu­tion as amended by the Con­sti­tu­tion (Amend­ment) Act, 2018.