The Opposition parties in Uganda have lost the battle to push for constitutional amendments today when Uganda Parliament voted against a motion seeking leave of Parliament to introduce a private member’s bill to front the amendments.
Some of the amendments opposition wanted to push forward included the restoration of two presidential term limits, removal of Uganda army from Parliament and the reconstitution of the Electoral Commission.
The Shadow Attorney General of Uganda opposition and Member of Parliament for Kampala Central, Erias Lukwago who had submitted his request before the legislators, explained in vain the importance of amending the Constitution to include the urgent needs of the opposition and Uganda as a country.
However, a number of MPs and the Prime Minister of Uganda, Prof. Apollo Nsibambi said the opposition’s timing was not right since Parliament was going for recess yet such an important bill required adequate time for debate.
In the end, the MPs on the ruling National Resistance Movement government, who are the majority in the house, blocked the motion.
After losing the battle in Parliament, Lukwago told journalists outside parliament that the opposition has now take the bill to the public for further debate.