Opposition walks out as NRM MPs vote for elections bill



The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Hon Philip Wafula Oguttu, Tuesday stormed out of the August House protesting the manner in which the debate on the Constitution Amendment bill was being tabled.

Oguttu said as opposition, they would not be part of the debate that doesn’t want to listen to the minority views.

“We as opposition, will not be part of the debate that doesn’t want to listen to the minority views,” Oguttu stated.

The storming out also followed the majority National Resistance Movement NRM MPs voting in favour of the government constitutional amendment bill with 290 votes to 33 opposition votes.

Only four MPs abstained at the vote.

This is the second time Oguttu is walking out of parliament the first being during the vetting of the current deputy chief Justice, Steven Kavuma.

Meanwhile, other opposition members who stayed in today’s debate including Nandala Mafabi, the FDC Secretary General, proposed that there should an opposition representative on the Electoral Commission board.

MP Muhammad Muwanga said legislators cannot continue rejecting the proposals to the constitution Amendment bill without debating them.

“We are here to ensure that Ugandans get the best constitution but mood of the majority is to reject the proposals,” he pointed.

He added: “This house can continue to ignore the views of the people, but one way or the other, these views will come to pass.”

MP Odonga Otto said the house was charged because the legislators were in no mood to amend the supreme law of this country.

MP Abdu Katuntu said the “idea of putting people’s views to either vote ‘NO or yes’ is unfair.”

All the same, Deputy Speaker Oulanyah, announced a total vote cast of 327, where 290 voted yes, 33 voted No and 4 abstained.

The bill seeks to among others change the name of the Electoral Commission to the Independent Electoral Commission, to prescribe a procedure for the removal of members of the Independent Electoral Commission, similar to the procedure for the removal of judicial officers.

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