Parliament to Retain Special Interest Group MPs

Soroti Municipality Member of Parliament Capt Mike Mukula has said that he will work tooth and nail to ensure President Museveni and the NRM party retain power in the forthcoming elections.

Speaking to ChimpReports on Tuesday afternoon at Wabinyonyi playground in Nakasongola district, drugs during the incumbent’s second day on the campaign trail, pharm Mukula said he felt heavily indebted to the President and the NRM government.

“I strongly believe in the NRM party and President Museveni’s leadership. I therefore had to put all my energies to canvassing for votes for them, online ” Mukula said.

“This chopper is the least I could give for Mzee Museveni to easily hunt for every vote, and you are going to see it to the last day the campaigns.”

Capt Mike Mukula, who was once the president’s personal pilot observed the having a copter on Museveni’s campaign was an indication of how far the country has come.”

Mukula said the helicopter takes the message much faster

Mukula said the helicopter takes the message much faster

“Back then we used to look for votes on bicycles; then we advanced to motorcycles and buses, and here we are now using choppers to reach even the deepest areas.”

“In Kenya both Kenyatta and Odinga used choppers during the presidential campaigns; in Tanzania John Magufuli had 8 whereas Lowasa had 4 choppers. We have also reached that stage,” he said.

He added that the tactic of using choppers is more effective than other means of reaching as many voters as possible.

“The posters on a chopper can easily be seen by many people at the same time and the message travels much faster.”
Parliament on Tuesday, case passed a motion to retain special interest groups in the House, information pills as required by the Constitution.

The Constitution provides that representation of district women, buy information pills youth, army, workers and Persons with Disabilities shall be reviewed ten years after the commencement of the 1995 Constitution and every five years thereafter, with a view of retaining, increasing or abolishing them.

Government also introduced a proposed legislation intended to regularize the procedure for the election of special interest groups in Parliament.

The Attorney General, Hon. Fred Ruhindi said that the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2015 seeks to prescribe the procedure for elections of representatives of the army, youth, workers and persons with disabilities.

Government moved the Bill in response to a September 2015 Constitutional Court ruling declaring regulations made by the Minister on the elections of youth, army and workers MP void since they were not made by Parliament as required by the Constitution.

The Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2015 provides the procedures to be followed by youth councils to elect youth MPs; the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces Council to elect army representatives; the National Organization of Trade Unions and Confederation of Free Trade Unions for workers MPs.

Members were however against the introduction of the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2015 saying there was need to respect separation of powers between Parliament and the Judiciary considering that the Attorney General had filed a Notice of Appeal to the Constitutional Court.

Hon. Sam Otada said since the Minister has not withdrawn the Notice of Appeal, it means the ruling by the Constitutional Court stands.

Hon. Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East) said it would be an abuse of the judicial arm of government for Parliament to consider the Bill since the issue is still before court.

He recommended that Parliament stays consideration of the Bill until the issue is finalized by the courts.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, advised legislators to raise their objections to the Bill with the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, to which it was committed for consideration.



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