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LOP Asks Legal Committee to Reject Parliament Amendment Bill

Appearing before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee today, Aol said that the opposition was not consulted by the proprietors of the Bill although Sseggona is the Shadow Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

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Leader of Opposition (LOP) Betty Aol Ochan and the Opposition Chief Whip Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda have asked the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee to reject the proposed Administration of Parliament Amendment Bill, 2019.

The Bill sponsored by Busiro East MP Medard Lubega Sseggona seeks to amend the Administration of Parliament Act to allow for the election of Leader of Opposition following the nomination of at least three contenders by the leading opposition party.

Currently, the LOP is appointed by the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party- the majority Opposition party in parliament.

The bill also seeks to amend the method of choosing the party whips, choosing the deputy Leader of Opposition and whips. It also seeks to increase the membership of the Parliamentary Commission to also cater for independent MPs.

Appearing before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee today, Aol said that the opposition was not consulted by the proprietors of the Bill although Sseggona is the Shadow Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

Aol noted that the Bill creates double standards and only targeting electing leaders in opposition and leaving the NRM free to appoint its leaders including the Government Chief Whip.

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Ssemujju said that the proposed Bill is meant to curtail powers of the opposition in parliament and violates the spirit of multiparty political system and the Constitution.

He also said that the Bill is contrary to the Common Wealth practice and that contradictory since it does not propose the election of Government Chief Whip but instead concentrates on election of Leader of Opposition and other opposition leaders in parliament.

Ssemujju said that the majority Opposition party should be left with the function of choosing its leaders in parliament.

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Ssemujju also rejected the proposal of having independents involved.

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He also suggested that the proposed amendment to elect commissioners will detach legislators from their political parties.

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