Constituent Assembly Under Probe Over Age Limit


Members of the Constituent Assembly (CA) who formulated the 1995 Constitution could face probe for reportedly smuggling controversial article 102(b) in the supreme law.

West Budama South County MP Markson Oboth Oboth, the chairperson of committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs said that parliament is going to interest itself to probe members of the CA after NRM Deputy Secretary General Richard Todwong alleged that the age limit clause was smuggled into the Constitution.

Todwong and other members of Secretariat on Thursday appeared before the committee that is charged with the responsibility of scrutinizing the Constitution Amendment Bill, 2017 in preparation for its second reading.

“The existence of Article 102(b) in the constitution is unfortunate because it was clearly not the wish of the majority Members of the Constituent Assembly,” Todwong said.

He added, “Age limit for Uganda which is still developing is a big treacherous gamble with the country’s scarce leadership resources. Ugandans have the capacity and freedom to choose the person who should lead as president. Ideologically, NRM came to power through a struggle against discrimination in all forms.”

His statement provoked members of the committee who asked him to substantiate on the allegations that article 102(b) was smuggled into the constitution even after a thorough job that was done by CA that was chaired by late James Wapakhabulo.

“We have to take a decision on this because this thing about forging documents is a very serious allegation and I thought before you said you are puzzled, you should have done investigations to find who smuggled this thing. We should be able to interrogate members of Constituent Assembly and come to conclusion about this forgery as alleged,” Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu said.

The Committee Chairperson Oboth Oboth vowed to have Parliament investigate the matter.



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