Opposition MPs have today, Tuesday 9th August, 2016, criticized the government for not doing its work and as a result forcing Parliament to rubber stamp government incompetencies.
This followed the tabling of a Motion by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Hon. Kahinda Otafiire for a Resolution under Article 63 of the Constitution to retrospectively prescribe the 76 constituencies which had earlier been designated for representation in Parliament.
The Motion, which was tabled comes after the creation of new constituencies by the government and new MPs being elected to represent these constituencies without Parliament’s prescription and endorsement.
Hon. Abdu Katuntu (Bugweri) castigated the government for operating with impunity saying that Parliament had earlier warned the government about creating the new constituencies without following the right procedure.
“The Minister has not given a background to this Motion and that is the fact. As a result, there is a petition in court challenging the legality of the 76 MPs in Parliament,” Katuntu said.
Katuntu said that members of the front bench need to do their work correctly and professionally.
In addition, Hon. Samuel Odonga Otto (Aruu County) seconded the Motion saying that if MPs have passed laws before retrospectively then they can again. “If we passed the Parliament Pension Amendment retrospectively then we can approve this Motion as well,” he said.
Furthermore, Hon. Hassan Fungaroo Kaps said that Parliament had been turned into a place where government’s agenda is extended. “Parliament risks becoming a rubber stamp if we keep approving the decisions made by government in this manner. That is not acceptable and this should be the last time,” he said.
Additionally, Hon. Ibrahim Semujju Nganda said that government cannot create constituencies a few days to elections and then later on say it was a mistake. “I appeal to the government to organize themselves enough and stop blackmailing Parliament,” Semujju said.
Semujju urged the government to start doing its work because Parliament risks looking selfish by doing things in a haphazard manner.
The Motion comes after a city advocate, Andrew Tumusiime, petitioned the Constitutional Court for declarations that the 76 constituencies were not prescribed for and endorsed by Parliament as required by the Constitution.