Spear Team

There was drama in parliament on Thursday as the  Deputy Attorney General Rukutana Mwesigwa presented the constitutional amendment bill throwing members into chaos as they tried  to stop him anticipating he was about to present  the controversial article 102(b) of the age limits.

Members shouted  him down as other banged tables untill speaker Rebecca Kadaga asked members  not to act in anticipation because she herself had not read the contents of the bill.

This  is when Nuwagaba came in to drive his point home  by demanding the ammendment content.

“ Madam Speaker,  you did direct government to comeup  with a comprehensive position on constitution amendments and  in particular you directed that a constitution review commission be put in place with view of seeing  what aspects of the constitution are to be amended, is it in order for the Attorney General  to defy the directive of the speaker and the oders of this house?” Nuwagaba questioned.

She urged the house to give Rukutana an opportunity to read out the object of the bill, it was later realised that  indeed the ammendment was for article 26 to allow government take land for infrastractural development without delays.

Earlier opposition members had  warned not  to allow government table ammendments on age limits because it is not neccesary.

This was the first the bill’s first reading and the Speaker  has now referred the bill to committee on legal and parliamentary affairs chaired by  West Budama North MP Jacob Oboth for consideration.

ARTICLE 26

Protection from deprivation of property.

(1) Every person has a right to own property either individually or in association with others.

(2) No person shall be compulsorily deprived of property or any interest in or right over property of any description except where the following conditions are satisfied—

(a) the taking of possession or acquisition is necessary for public use or in the interest of defence, public safety, public order, public morality or public health; and

(b) the compulsory taking of possession or acquisition of property is made under a law which makes provision for—

(i) Prompt payment of fair and adequate compensation, prior to the taking of possession or acquisition of the property; and

(ii) A right of access to a court of law by any person who has an interest or right over the property.

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