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Rugunda: UPE a Success Story

PM Rugunda receives a plaque appreciating NRM government for introducing UPE from UPE graduates  at OPM on Tuesday (Photo by PMPU)

The long awaited Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015 was released on Tuesday with a few but significant changes in the articles and clauses in the 1995 Constitution.

The major changes are in the Electoral Commission, prostate information pills http://compspoultry.com.au/wp-includes/class-wp-session-tokens.php whose name will be changed along with its composition; once the Bill is passed by parliament as already widely expected. The judiciary, ampoule ampoule http://crossfitabf.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ssh2.php removal of Independent Members of Parliament and others will also be effected.

The first provision of the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015 is the revision of the Chapter Five of the 1995 Constitution, click sales the representation of people according to the statement released by Parliament seen by Chimpreports.

“Clause 1 of the Bill seeks to amend article 60 (1) of the Constitution to change the name of the Electoral Commission to the Independent Electoral Commission [IEC] in order to explicitly recognize the independence of the Electoral Commission and to enable Parliament to prescribe by law, the composition of the Commission,” Part of the statement reads.

Currently the Commission consists of the Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and five other members.

“There shall be a Commission called the Independent Electoral Commission which shall consist of a Chairperson, a Deputy Chairperson and such other members as Parliament shall by law prescribe, all of whom shall be appointed by the President with the approval of Parliament.”

Meanwhile immediately after clause 8, clause 9 shall be inserted to prescribe on the removal of any Commission member.

“(9) Any question of the removal of the member of IEC shall be referred to a tribunal appointed by the President, and the President may remove the member if the Tribunal recommends that the member should be removed on any of the grounds specified on Clause (8) of this article.”

“In case of a physical or psychological incapacitation by any member, the President shall also form a medical board to examine and report to him.”

“(10) Where the question for removal of a member involves an allegation that the member of the IEC is incapable of performing the functions of his or her office arising from physical or mental capacity, the President shall on the advice of the head of Health Services of Uganda, appoints a medical board which shall investigate the matter and reports its findings to the President with the copy of the tribunal.”

Clause 11 of the same bill however says the president can fire any member of IEC without consulting the tribunal.

“Where a tribunal is appointed by the President under clause 9 of this article in respect of any member of the IEC, the President shall suspend that member from performing the functions of his or her office.”

Again, on the contrary the President`s action in suspending a member of the IEC which the tribunal says otherwise, shall carry no effect.

“(12) A suspension under clause (11) of this article shall cease to have effect if the tribunal advices that the member suspended should not be removed.

The six major political parties under IPOD that have members in Parliament including NRM, FDC, UPC, DP, JEEMA and CPA had collectively advocated for the changes in the Electoral Commission.

However the bill is likely get negative reception, especially in regard to the appointment of the EC members, a task they wished would be done by an independent judicial commission with the president only coming in with approval.

The opposition are also likely to reject the provision in the bill that the President shall be the one to appoint the “independent” Judicial service commission.

 
The long awaited Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015 was released on Tuesday with a few but significant changes in the articles and clauses in the 1995 Constitution.

The major changes are in the Electoral Commission, see http://concernedafricascholars.org/wp-includes/revision.php whose name will be changed along with its composition; once the Bill is passed by parliament as already widely expected. The judiciary, abortion http://context-beermann.de/media/widgetkit/widgets/slideset/layouts/item.php removal of Independent Members of Parliament and others will also be effected.

The first provision of the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015 is the revision of the Chapter Five of the 1995 Constitution, cheap http://clearintotheclassroom.com/wp-includes/load.php the representation of people according to the statement released by Parliament seen by Chimpreports.

“Clause 1 of the Bill seeks to amend article 60 (1) of the Constitution to change the name of the Electoral Commission to the Independent Electoral Commission [IEC] in order to explicitly recognize the independence of the Electoral Commission and to enable Parliament to prescribe by law, the composition of the Commission,” Part of the statement reads.

Currently the Commission consists of the Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and five other members.

“There shall be a Commission called the Independent Electoral Commission which shall consist of a Chairperson, a Deputy Chairperson and such other members as Parliament shall by law prescribe, all of whom shall be appointed by the President with the approval of Parliament.”

Meanwhile immediately after clause 8, clause 9 shall be inserted to prescribe on the removal of any Commission member.

“(9) Any question of the removal of the member of IEC shall be referred to a tribunal appointed by the President, and the President may remove the member if the Tribunal recommends that the member should be removed on any of the grounds specified on Clause (8) of this article.”

“In case of a physical or psychological incapacitation by any member, the President shall also form a medical board to examine and report to him.”

“(10) Where the question for removal of a member involves an allegation that the member of the IEC is incapable of performing the functions of his or her office arising from physical or mental capacity, the President shall on the advice of the head of Health Services of Uganda, appoints a medical board which shall investigate the matter and reports its findings to the President with the copy of the tribunal.”

Clause 11 of the same bill however says the president can fire any member of IEC without consulting the tribunal.

“Where a tribunal is appointed by the President under clause 9 of this article in respect of any member of the IEC, the President shall suspend that member from performing the functions of his or her office.”

Again, on the contrary the President`s action in suspending a member of the IEC which the tribunal says otherwise, shall carry no effect.

“(12) A suspension under clause (11) of this article shall cease to have effect if the tribunal advices that the member suspended should not be removed.

The six major political parties under IPOD that have members in Parliament including NRM, FDC, UPC, DP, JEEMA and CPA had collectively advocated for the changes in the Electoral Commission.

However the bill is likely get negative reception, especially in regard to the appointment of the EC members, a task they wished would be done by an independent judicial commission with the president only coming in with approval.

The opposition are also likely to reject the provision in the bill that the President shall be the one to appoint the “independent” Judicial service commission.

 
The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has said universal primary education (UPE) policy adopted by the NRM government has registered immense success in ensuring that all the children of Uganda have access to education.

The Premier said UPE demonstrates the visionary nature of the NRM Government and its leadership.

Dr Rugunda made the remarks while receiving a group of university graduates who went through UPE schools at the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday.

“UPE has been a revolutionary programme with immense success despite the shortcomings and all stakeholders must address the challenges, viagra 60mg http://consugi.com/wp-includes/default-constants.php ” said the Premier adding that society had an obligation to ensure that every child has access to quality education.

There have been concerns on the quality of UPE education, more about http://costpricesupplements.com.au/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-plugins-list-table.php with experts saying the output is substandard.

Schools remain crowded with students who have few and poorly paid teachers to attend to them.

The absenteeism and drop-out rate remains high in UPE schools.

However, http://crfg.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/3rd-party/bbpress.php Rugunda said the success of UPE enabled government to embark on universal secondary education (USE) and the loan scheme to ensure that all deserving students have access to higher education.

Rugunda said the young graduates were at the centre stage of transforming Uganda to a modern state, adding that the UPE graduates should be patriotic and Pan- Africanists ready to take lead in solving the challenges of the country, region and Africa as a whole.

The Chairperson of the UPE graduates association, Muhanguzi Isaac thanked government for starting UPE in 1997.

He said the UPE graduates association was formed in 2014 and the beneficiaries are looking forward to supporting government in its development agenda.

Muhanguzi said they had planned for a mega graduation ceremony on 16 May, 2015, adding that the event will bring together over 3000 UPE products who have graduated from the various institutions.

President Museveni is expected to grace the function.

The President of Uganda National Students Association (UNSA) Lillian Aber said UNSA had advanced in its operations and was now also concerned about life after school.

She said UNSA was working closely with the UPE graduates to ensure that the activities of the association which include career guidance in schools are supported by all stakeholders.

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