Opposition bosses in Mbuya over electoral reforms


Opposition parties are convening this morning at Rivonia Suites in Mbuya, a City suburb for a three day’s retreat to discuss the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015.

It comes a day after General Kahinda Otafiire, the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister formerly introduced the bill before the Legal Affairs Committee that was tasked to scrutinize and consider the bill.

The opposition parties are expected to focus on the composition of the Electoral Commission, reinstating the presidential term limits, status of interest groups in Parliament -specifically the Army and Women MPs, the proposal that seeks to compel civil servants to resign in order to participate in party primaries or seek nomination.

While speaking to URN on Tuesday evening ahead of the retreat, Wafula Oguttu, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament said it is unrealistic to compel civil servants to resign while seeking nomination for even Local Government offices.

He says the Opposition will instead propose an unpaid leave for civil servants seeking to contest.

Sections of the opposition are mooting a proposal to amend Article 80 (4) of the Constitution, which provides that any person holding a public office must resign at least 90 days before nomination.

The Deputy speaker of parliament is expected to give guidance on the procedures later today the opposition will use to table the alternative electoral reforms proposal.

The opposition proposals and mainly drawn from the Citizen’s Compact that drafted jointly with civil society groups following countrywide consultations with citizens.

Opposition leaders such as FDC President General Mugisha Muntu, his predecessor Kiiza Besigye,  Jeema President Asuman Basalirwa, UPC’s Olara Otunnu and CP’s John Ken Lukyamuzzi are expected to give their thoughts on the proposals today.

The Opposition is expected to table its version of reforms before Parliament’s Legal committee next week Tuesday.


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