The opposition in parliament have launched a new campaign dubbed ‘kogikuteko’ (Now that you have touched it), in which they intend to traverse the country consulting voters on what should be their next course of action.
The campaign was launched by the Leader of Opposition in Parliament and Kasese Woman MP, Winnie Kiiza in Kampala.
Ms Kiiza said that they have finalised arrangements to sue the speaker to the east African Court of Justice, challenging the manner in which the amendment of the constitution, specifically article 102 (b) was passed.
She disclosed that they have proof of illegalities were sighted from the time the bill was presented on the floor of parliament to when SFC forces attached to the president raided the session on September 27.
The Kasese woman representative said that during yesterday’s passing of the bill, speaker of parliament violated the voting procedure by allowing doors open and calling members to come and vote at the time when voting was closed.
The group has also challenged the extension of the tenure to seven years in parliament. The seven years’ tenure will extend to district local government councils among others.
With a total of 315 votes, Members of Parliament on Wednesday evening voted to approve the controversial ‘Age Limit’ Bill that sought the removal of the 75-year age limit cap from the Constitution.
Only 62 legislators voted against the Bill that has since its tabling in September 2017 by Igara West MP caucused tension and for the first time in the history of parliament, saw a brawl in the Chambers with the invasion of security personnel. Only two MPs abstained from the vote at the Bill’s second and third reading.
The success of the Bill came after MPs earlier at its second reading overwhelmingly approved its continuity with 317 MPs voting in support at the stage, 97 against and two abstained.
These numbers of especially those against reduced at the third reading of the Bill since a number of MPs left the Chambers and were recorded as absent. The smooth sailing of the Bill at its second reading led to the proposal of new amendments to the Constitution which were not in the original Bill at the committee of the whole House chaired by Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.