The Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of parliament has unveiled its roadmap to funding the newly tabled electoral reforms characterised by public consultations which are to kick off on the 12 of August 2019.
The Committee chairperson Jacob Oboth Oboth says the road map was adopted by the committee members, and they will start with an interface with Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister, Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire to justify the Bills.
This comes after the Attorney General William Byaruhanga cleared the airwaves as far as electoral reforms contents are concerned which had affected people’s perception on Tuesday.
Byaruhanga said there was a misinterpretation of the contents in the Bills, and said the media reported false and malicious information.
The committee chairman and west Budama legislator, Jacob Oboth Oboth confirmed the road map and said the committee is to conduct public consultations on the electoral reforms tabled by the government.
“We are going to divide ourselves into four groups, to handle the 15 sub-regions and each group will have two members taking care of, I will be leading one group with somebody else helping me and my vice will be going with another group,” Oboth Oboth said.
Explaining further Oboth Oboth said the purpose of this is to ensure that the public gets fully involved in the matter such that they are not blamed for making sole decisions.
“We have been castigated before the committee including in court that we did not consult, I hope now they will appreciate when we go out, we still don’t know the budget of this consultation, but we have just adopted that we shall go to the sub-regions and we are commencing on 12 of August,” he said.
Oboth Oboth said before going out for the consultations they will first hold a meeting with the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister, Rt Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire for more justification on the Bills.
“On Tuesday 6th of August, we shall be having the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs at 11 am to come and give justification for all the Bills from here ”
After receiving from the Minister, we shall reserve, we used to do the board room consultation with other stakeholders, this time around we want to prioritise and go for regional consultations where it’s affecting the LC5 and members of the communities that will be available in those sub-regions,” Oboth Oboth said.
Relatedly, a section of legislators wants the government to explain why it made a U-turn on the tabled five (5) electoral reforms.
According to Patrick Nsamba, Kassanda North MP and Muwanga Kivumbi Butambala legislator what featured in the media is what exactly the AG presented before parliament and asked him to come and explain why he changed his mind.
“What the journalists reported is what they got from the bills presented to parliament. But the Attorney General held a press conference and disowned what was presented. He should come and clarify to us what was presented,” said Nsamba.
These MPs say what the AG communicated through the media at Uganda Media Centre was on Tuesday was totally different from the former.
Ruling on the matter raised by these legislator Deputy Speaker of parliament, Jacob Oulanyah said that what he knows is that parliament received the Bills and forwarded them to the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee for scrutiny and later be returned to parliament for debate.
“I don’t know what you know. what I know is that the bills were presented to this House and forwarded to the committee,” Oulanyah said.