MP Ninsiima voting against 65 new counties


Ronah Rita Ninsiima

Ugandan Parliament will Tuesday debate the much yearned for electoral reforms and the proposed 65 new counties.

The legislators were to be handed an order paper ahead of the debate scheduled for 10am.

The issues at hand include whether to approve the 65 counties which could expand parliamentary chambers and increase the number of MPs to 425 or so.

There is also an issue of independent MPs who want to pick nominations forms from NRM as assured by president Yoweri Museveni, the party chairman, sometime back.

Parliament will also vote on constitutional amendments as pushed by the country’s opposition.

At least 2/3 of the MPs is needed to pass these issues that could decide the political future of Uganda.

In an email to MPs, the speaker changed plenary sitting from 2pm to early morning, today.

Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah, intends to finish early and set MPs free to go for party primaries.

Kabale Woman MP, Hon Ronah Ninsiima, confirmed she will vote against 65 counties, while David Bahati, Henry Ariganyira Musasizi, Henry Banyezaki, Chris Baryomunsi will support the motion.

The legislators have already been paid Shs 100m as refund on fuel and are waiting for more Shs 300m to support the president in his 2016 quest.

Hon Ninsiima says she attended a Kigezi regional consultative forum and voters supported reducing and not expanding parliament.

When the matter came up on Thursday, Ninsiima was among the few who debated against the motion.

“When we vote today in parliament and my vote is against 65 counties,” she said.

She says every time we ask for money to support health and education, it cannot be found yet billions to support 65 counties is available.

Sections of Ugandans argue that the number of MPs should be reduced and constituency representation should be determined on the basis of population size and geographical size.

An MP in that case should represent at least 250,000 people.

The 425 parliamentary seats and 65 counties to many is more of a campaign strategy ahead of 2016 elections.

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