Parliament: Age limit consultations have not started

Parliament has distanced itself from the on-going consultations by MPs over the age limit bill saying they have never been officially flagged off.

Chris Obore, the director of communications at Parliament told The Nile Post that the ongoing consultations by a section of legislators on the matter is political but not based on the administrative directives of the House.

However, while sending the Constitutional amendment bill 2017 to theLegal and Parliamentary affairs committee for scrutiny, the speaker Rebecca Kadaga is quoted to have advised legislators to ensure a wide consultation of the public on the age limit bill.

The rules of procedure of Parliament allow MPs to consult their constituents on any matter before the House.

But Obore said matter none of the legislators has been sanctioned by the speaker to consult over the controversial bill that seeks to lift the cap over the presidential age limit.

Obore said parliament shall only parliament will only sanction legislators to begin their consultation once it releases resources.

"The exact money for facilitation has not been agreed upon," Obore said.

Obore said the speaker only allowed the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee to proceed with the scrutiny of the bill.

But to some legislators, it is surprising  that parliament has taken long to wire the money to their account faulting some officials in the ministry of Finance.

With this new stance from parliament, questions are raised whether the on going consultations by both pro and anti-age limit legislators shall continue.

On Monday, Asuman Mugenyi, the director of operations in the police said politicians have been stopped from carrying out consultative meetings in constituencies they don’t represent.

“MPs should strictly consult in their constituencies.Those MPs moving or intending to move in order to support counterparts or consult outside their constituencies must be stopped,” read in part of Mugenyi’s message to all Regional Police Commanders, District Police Commanders and police stations around the country.

According to the message consultations should not include illegal demonstrations, illegal processions, inciting violence and use of hate campaigns.


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