Beti Kamya wants President’s powers cut


Beti Kamya


Uganda Federal Alliance-UFA party wants Chapter 11 of the Constitution amended to provide for a national referendum to enable Ugandans vote on whether to adopt a federal system of governance or to maintain the current system.

Beti Olive Kamya, the President Uganda Federal Alliance-UFA party tabled the proposal before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee, which is currently scrutinising the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015.

She argues that a federal system of governance would reduce the President’s powers and diversify them to regional governments.

Kamya argues that 70 percent of the provisions of the current Constitution empower the President while over 285 public institutions created by the constitution empower the President through appointments.

Uganda Federal Alliance also proposes that Article 79 be amended to empower Parliament to be the body to initiate and make laws-moving from the current arrangement where Parliament only handles Bills tabled by Cabinet or Private Member’s bills that are supposed to be endorsed by the executive.

The party also proposes that Article 85 (1) of the Constitution be amended to provide for MPs emoluments to be determined by the Public Service Commission.

According to Kamya, this will eliminate conflict of interest where MPs determine their emolument and restore public confidence in the institution of Parliament.

However, this particular proposal met stiff resistance from the committee members.

Jovah Kamateeka, the Mitooma District Woman MP wondered how this would be applicable since MPs are not the highest paid people in the country.

Annet Nyakecho Okwenye, the Otuke district Woman MP said Uganda Federal Alliance would need to convince the committee on the issue of the Public Service Commission determining MPs emoluments saying that the job description of legislators is very unique since it is only them who understand what it entails.

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