By; Francis Lubega
Parliament has finally set Monday Dec. 17 for the discussion on the much awaited Constitutional Amendment (No.2) Bill, 2017.
The Speaker Rebecca Kadaga informed the house this afternoon that she had received reports the one from the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee led by the committee chairman, the West Budama South MP, Jacob Oboth-Oboth, and the second one from the minority group that will be immediately discussed.
The articles set for amendment are 103(3), (7) and 104(2), (3) (6) in regard to the election of the president and challenging of a presidential election respectively.
It’s said the Committee has already observed that Article 102 (b) is contrary to the spirit of democratic governance that grants all citizens a right of participation at all levels of governance and the right to determine a leader of their choice without restrictions based on age or any other form of marganalisation.
The report further shows that article 102 (b) is contrary to international best practices , citing examples of countries without upper age limit like Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, US, UK and Canada among and lastly its not in harmony with articles 104 (7). 109 (5) and 80, that stipulates the qualifications of a Member of Parliament.
The Clerk to parliament is to provide the report for the MPs to go through before the date of debate.
Security around parliament was increased than normal with a special team of security officers had been assigned to handle any eventuality in the house.