Parliament Refuses To Change Special Interest Representation


buy more about geneva;”>The Constitution of 1995 provided for special interest representation of women, pill youth, side effects workers, army and persons with disabilities, which was reviewed ten years after its promulgation and every five years thereafter.

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“In 2005 (motion to review special interest representation), Parliament said the groups were necessary. Up to now, we have not found any reason to change this,” he said.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, who was meeting a visiting delegation of Burundian MPs said affirmative action including special representation in Parliament was provided for in the Constitution because the categories of people had been marginalized in the past.

The Burundian MPs delegation led by Hon. Ibrahim Uwizeye, is interested in learning from Uganda’s lessons on representation of women, youth and persons with disabilities.

“It is important in out situation. It has been very helpful to Uganda; many foreign delegations come here to learn from us,” he said.

He said that government has a deliberate effort to empower women, which was also exemplified through the award of 1.5 points to girls joining public universities meant to increase the number of girls at that level.

The delegation arrived in the country on Sunday, May 19 and is scheduled to depart on May 23, 2013.


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