Magyezi Struggle to defend his bill

By Moses Kyeyune:

Igara West Member of Parliament Raphael Magyezi is caught between a rock and a hard place, defending his Bill on the Constitution Amendment as opposition MPs place before him another hurdle.

The Bill currently before the committee on legal and parliamentary affairs seeks to amend Article 102(b) of the Constitution to lift the upper limit of the presidential age limit.

Although the MPs had earlier opted for change of timelines on committee schedules to discuss procedural matters, opposition members led by Ssemujju Nganda and Abdul Katuntu raised concerns about other legalities.

Among them was the manner in which the Bill was gazetted.

According to documents presented to the committee, Magyezi gazetted the Bill on 28 September 2017, the same date he secured leave from parliament.

On the same day, Magyezi had his bill issued with the Certificate of Financial Implication from the Ministry of Finance.

The members also raised concerns that the leave was issued at 5:00pm on the due date, with Ssemujju fearing that documents could have been forged.