The Con­sti­tu­tion Amend­ment Bill 2019: Com­mit­tee meets Hon. Ni­wagaba, mover of the Bill.  

On 22 Jan­u­ary, the Com­mit­tee on le­gal and Par­lia­men­tary Af­fairs met the mover of the Bill who also serves as the Shadow At­tor­ney Gen­eral, Hon. Wil­fred Ni­wagaba.  He was ac­com­pa­nied by the del­e­ga­tion from the Of­fice of the Leader of Op­po­si­tion.

The Bill which is cur­rently be­fore the le­gal and Par­lia­men­tary Af­fairs com­mit­tee, 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.

De­bate around con­sti­tu­tional re­forms have been di­vi­sive and even vi­o­lent. Pre­vi­ous ef­forts by the gov­ern­ment to move Con­sti­tu­tional re­forms on land ac­qui­si­tion were met with over­whelm­ing op­pos­ing forc­ing the At­tor­ney Gen­eral to with­draw them. The Con­sti­tu­tional re­forms to amend re­move the age limit were fi­nally set­tled by the Con­sti­tu­tional law.

Hon Ni­wagaba’s pro­posed re­forms are equally rad­i­cal and will be most likely be treated in a par­ti­san man­ner. We shall fol­low closely to see how Par­lia­ment han­dles this process.