Uganda opposition plot for constitution amendment

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Uganda Leader of Opposition Mrs Betty Ochan, left, with Gulu Municipality Member of Parliament Mr Lyanda Komaketch, right, recently. (COURTSEY PHOTO)

By Our reporter

KAMPALA. Members of the Opposition are preparing a private member’s bill that seeks to include presidential aspirants who garner 10 percent of the vote, among Ex-official Members of Parliament. This was announced earlier today during a press conference.

The Leader of the Opposition, Betty Aol Ocan said the private member’s bill will be entitled ‘The Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019’

The bill also seeks to entrench presidential term limits, introduce federal governments and constitute an independent electoral commission.

The Bill proposes a cabinet composition of not more than 21 members.

Meanwhile, the National Resistance movement (NRM), the ruling party has denied a plot to amend the Elections Act to have the President elected by party Members of Parliament with majority seats.

Mr James Tweheyo, a top NRM official said, “That is not true, it is the first time I am hearing of it. But if comes up, the party may consider it.”

President Yoweri Museveni has been in power for over three decades and is most like to seek another term. He is on record of not handing power until African soles it problems.

He recently told political parties during the Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) summit that he is not about to leave power and they should stop thinking of a transition.

It was attended by Presidnt Museveni as chairman of the ruling NRM party and four Opposition parties; Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) represented by party president Jimmy Akena, Democratic Party (DP) represented by its president general Norbert Mao and the Justice Forum (Jeema) represented by its president, Mr Asuman Basalirwa.
The leaders were accompanied by delegates from their respective parties.
The biggest Opposition party, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) boycotted the summit and the seats for its party president, Mr Patrick Amuriat Oboi and delegation remained vacant throughout the proceedings.
The FDC pulled out of the dialogue, citing infringement on its rights of association by the regime.
The four items on the IPOD summit agenda sponsored by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) were strengthening political parties to enhance their relevance and effectiveness, enacting constitutional and electoral law reforms to improve the functioning of Uganda’s multiparty system, promotion of inclusiveness in politics and, improving governance, human rights and observance of rule of law.
Mr Museveni, who said he enjoyed the dialogue with his political opponents, told them that he will not think of relinquishing power until he is satisfied that the prosperity and strategic security of Africa have been achieved. He said prosperity and security determine the survival and destiny of the continent.
“I hear people like Mao talking about transition; how they would like to sit in the audience and see Museveni handing over power. That is the most important thing for him. I do not think that is the most important and it is good he is saying that,” Mr Museveni said.

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