MP MAGYEZI BILL MISSING ON TODAY ORDER PAPER
By www.mknewslink.com reporter
The Magyezi bill on removal of age limit might not be tabled today as it is missing on the day’s Order Paper circulated by parliament.
An Order Paper consists of issues legislators are to discuss on a particular day; however, www.mknewslink.com has learnt that it can be amended even on the floor of Parliament.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga is expected to preside over the House where every member is eager to debate despite heavily-armed military deployment.
Policemen on deployment
Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi made it again today when he said that he required leave of Parliament to table a motion to amend Article 102(b) of the Constitution and scrap the provision that caps the upper age for a prospective President at 75 years.
His move which has since been endorsed by both the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party and Cabinet has prompted counter notices for introduction of six other proposed Private Member’s Bills.
The flood of these notices has put the Speaker’s office in at stake and a meeting on Monday between Ms Kadaga and a government delegation led by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda prematurely.
The premier’s team had tried to persuade the Speaker to include MP Magyezi’s notice on the Tuesday Order paper. The Speaker has previously ruled against attempts to amend the supreme law through Private Member’s Bills and demanded that the government tables a comprehensive Constitution review Bill.
The government is yet to explain why it has not to-date tabled a comprehensive Bill to amend the Constitution while choosing to throw its weight behind the Magyezi motion.