The Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee has given the opposition an ultimatum to file alternative proposals to the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015 by Wednesday afternoon or risk being left out.
The committee chairman Stephen Tashobya issued the ultimatum shortly Major General Mugisha Muntu, the leader of the Opposition Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party showed up today and asked for an adjournment.
Muntu said they couldn’t proceed since Police had blocked Kizza Besigye, the former FDC party president and City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago from living their homes to join other opposition members at parliament to present their proposed reforms.
The soft speaking General said they had chosen not to bow down to the arrests in the fight for constitutional reforms adding that they could not present the opposition proposals without their colleagues much as they are ready.
Muntu appeared before the committee alongside the Leader of Opposition Wafula Oguttu, FDC Secretary General Alice Alaso and officials from Democratic Party (DP), Uganda People’s Congress and Justice Forum.
In his response Stephen Tashobya, the committee chairman agreed to reschedule the meeting but said they would proceed on Wednesday regardless of who is missing.
Earlier on, Alice Alaso, the FDC Secretary General asked the committee to intervene in the arrest of Besigye.
However, Tashobya turned the down request saying his committee was only mandated to deal with matters before it.
Some of proposed reforms being advanced by the opposition include the establishment of an independent and Impartial Electoral Commission, a new and clean voter’s register, withdrawal of the army from the electoral process, and establishing mechanism to prevent the sitting government from raiding the central bank to fund elections amongst others.