Lawyers Want Women, UPDF Kicked Out of Parliament

The Uganda Police force has won the athletics category of the 12th annual inter-forces competition.

The force dominated all the races including sweeping all the three podium positions in 5000M (men), symptoms steeplechase (men) and 10, ed 000M (women).

They also scooped the winner in 10, recipe 000M, 5000M (women) and 400M (women). Prisons won two women’s races through Dorcus Ajok who finished first in the 800M and 1,500M to aide her team to get the second position overall.

Uganda prisons was second overall with 366 points, 39 below Police and 179 above UPDF who came third.

The hosts of the event, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) finished in a dismal fourth position, collecting only 87 points. The competitions continue till Saturday 16th May with several other disciplines held at three venues; Namboole stadium, Kigo shooting grounds and Makerere University.

On Friday, the event will be at Makerere University for other field events that will usher in the closing ceremony on Saturday at the same venue with UPDF taking on Prisons II in a soccer game.

The Uganda Police Force is the defending champions of the last two editions and could be on course for third consecutive crown.

This year’s event is hosted by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) under a theme ‘Enhancing wildlife conservation and security through sports’. This is intending to build new UWA’s brand as the leading wildlife conservation agency in Africa.

Overall athletics results;

  1. Uganda Police – 405 pts.
  2. Uganda Prisons – 366 pts.
  3. UPDF – 187 pts.
  4. Uganda Wildlife – 87 pts.




  1. Kurong (Police) – 28:39:03
  2. Chetingen (Prisons) – 29:06:03
  3. Chepkoron (UPDF) – 29:07:01


  1. Cheptegei (Police) 13:37:08
  2. Mande (Police) – 13:56:05
  3. Kibet (Police) – 14:16:05


A.Ngaimoko (Police) – 47:09

  1. Anywar (Police) – 48:02
  2. Oyuku (Prisons) – 48:05



  1. Ayeko (Police) – 8:48:01
  2. Siwa (Police) – 8:51:08

J.Araptany (Police) – 8:55:05



  1. Chemutai (Police) – 37:27:01
  2. Chebet (Police) – 37:29:07
  3. Chemutai (Police) – 37:36:09


  1. Chesang (Police) – 15:56:04
  2. Chelangat (Police) – 16:11:02
  3. Chemutai (UWA) – 16:48:08


  1. Ajok (Prisons) – 4:25:00
  2. Cheusto(Police) – 4:27:01
  3. Chebet (UWA) – 4:31:00


  1. Ayikoru (Police) – 56:09
  2. Wonruku (Prisons) – 58:09
  3. Chemutai (Police) – 59:02

The Uganda Law Society (ULS) wants among others in the current Constitutional amendment debate, illness Uganda Peoples Defense Forces and women representatives kicked out of the National Assembly.

The Law Society delegation on Thursday met the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament which is currently scrutinizing the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015, page with a set of 28 pieces of amendments proposals, the largest number so far received by the Committee.

The legal minds body despite being headed by a woman, says the 1995 constitutional provision for affirmative action that gives 112 women  special seats at Parliament is irrelevant and should be scrapped or significantly reduced and that of the national army representation should be abolished.

“Article 78 (1)(b) of the 1995 Constitution that guarantees Women representation should amended to eliminate the district women Members of Parliament.

Women representatives should be voted on regional basis like the representatives of youths and persons with disabilities.” Part of their long submission says, maintaining that 112 women MPs have led to unnecessary increase in the number of Parliamentarians.

Still on representation, the ULS wants  the same Article 78 (1)(c) also amended to eliminate UPDF representatives or reduce their number by half to a maximum of 5.

“In view of democratic practice across the world the presence of the army does not facilitate free debate in Parliament. On the other hand, army representation in Parliament is redundant in a country that has gone through democratic transition and it dilutes non partisan spirit.”

The law society also argues that the Article 2(2) that defines the supremacy of the Constitution is restrictive in nature and should be amended to allow the implementation of particular International instruments after ratification.

“The Article 2 is limiting in as far as it maintains the Constitution as the supreme law rendering other laws in its contravention invalid.”

Just like in neighbouring Rwanda, Kenya and Burundi, the ULS wants the right to health be included in the Bill of Rights enshrined in chapter 4 of the Constitution. If included, the right to health of all citizens would be an obligation on the State to guarantee and failure of which the State can be held accountable.

They also wants Article 80 amended to increase the minimum age requirement for a Member of Parliament from 18 to 25 saying at 25 the member is better positioned to comprehend issues in a more matured and structured manner.

Still on Article 80, they want the minimum qualification be a graduate or a diploma holder from a recognized university or other tertiary institution.

To encourage neutrality and independence, the Speaker of Parliament should not be from any political party but appointed by the Parliamentary Commission for two terms through an independent process.

Cabinet ministers should also not be elected members of Parliament and in case an MP is appointed a  minister, he or she should vacate the Parliamentary seat.

The debate on the amendments is continuing on the same committee that has a total of 45 days to conclude and report to the whole house.


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