While the details of the draft were not divulged as they await discussion and approval by the General Assembly, the highest decision-making organ of UMSC that will convene on July 11th, 2022, the Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Mubajje, said the document is subject to changes if they arise as the assembly is the final arbiter.
Parliament has approved Shillings 13.1 billion additional funds to the Justice and Constitutional Affairs to cater for processing of amendments to the constitution by the Constitutional Review Commission.
The amendments relate to the 10 recommendations that arose out of a petition filed by former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, challenging the outcome of the 2016 general election. They are intended at creating reforms that will guarantee free and fair presidential elections in 2021 and beyond.
At least 65 original Articles of the Uganda Constitution have been amended since it was promulgated 22 years ago. As parliament continues to receive opinions on whether to remove or maintain the presidential age limits in the Constitution, Uganda Radio Network highlights the number of times the Constitution has been amended with far-reaching impact on the politics of the country. Now 22 years after, the Supreme Law of the Land is not the same with 65 of its original Articles already amended, making some legal experts such as Professor Frederick Ssempebwa to call for a total review of the Constitution.
She said the bill that is before parliament is premised on the erroneous interpretation of the court ruling, adding that Magyezi has no mandate to bring the amendments basing on the instructions of the Supreme Court because they were never directed at him.
Prime Minister Rugunda admitted the failure by government to present a comprehensive Constitutional Amendment Bill but explained that the Private Members Bill tabled by Igara Wet MP Raphael Magezi captures some of the issues raised by the Supreme Court.
Professor Fredrick Ssempebwa cites an incident when members of the 2002 Constitution Review Commission got money to travel upcountry for consultation but some did not go. When asked to refund the money, they were reluctant. Prof Ssempebwa says this angered Owori who rebuked them.
An eleven member constitutional review committee has been set up to review the 2000 Busoga Kingdom constitution. This comes after 32 Members of Parliament from Busoga region met President Yoweri Museveni on Monday at the presidentâ€™s country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhura district.