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MP Amoding Withdraws Sexual Offences Bill

Amoding said she had agreed with the Justice Ministry that it tables its amendments to the Bill before the Legal Committee. She said the amendments she seeks to present to parliament are just improving the draft Bill and introduce a few provisions

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Monica Amoding, the Kumi Woman Member of Parliament has withdrawn the Sexual Offences Bill, 2015. It followed guidance from the Deputy of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah that some of the proposals in the bill would change the proposed legislation completely.

Amoding first tabled the bill, which seeks to consolidate all laws relating to sexual offences, combat sexual violence and provide punishments for perpetrators of sexual offenses in the eighth parliament. The bill also sought to provide for procedures and requirements of evidence during trial of sexual offences and other related matters.

Parliament proceeded to consider provisions in the Bill at its second reading. This afternoon, Amoding took to the floor, saying that she had a number of amendments arising from different consultations on the Bill. 

However, Oulanyah argued that the proposed amendments were bigger than the Bill that was already gazetted earlier, saying that considering them at this point would alter the entire Bill.

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The Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee Chairperson, Jacob Oboth told parliament that even while considering the Bill, they faced a number of challenges with the mover of the Bill and the Justice Ministry.

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Amoding said she had agreed with the Justice Ministry that it tables its amendments to the Bill before the Legal Committee.  She said the amendments she seeks to present to parliament are just improving the draft the Bill and introduce a few provisions. 

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But Oulanyah insisted that the proposed amendments wouldn't be easy to present on the floor of parliament as presented. He appealed to Amoding to withdraw the Bill and publish a new one incorporating the new amendments.

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David Bahati, the State Minister for Planning agreed with Oulanyah, saying the Finance Ministry will immediately issue a new Certificate of Financial Implication for the Bill.

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Amoding conceded and agreed to withdraw the bill prompting Oulanyah to direct the Legal Department to immediately redraft the Bill by incorporating the new amendments.

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