Constitutional Review Commission hits roadblock as gov't lacks funds

The much-anticipated establishment of the Constitutional Review Commission has taken an unexpected turn asĀ  government backtracked after citing financial challenges.

Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Nobert Mao has recommended shifting the mandate to the Law Reform Commission, a move that has ignited controversy and raised concerns about the integrity of the process.

Minister Mao, addressing the financial constraints, urged the president to entrust the Law Reform Commission with the constitutional review process.

"We believe we can achieve the same results at a lower cost since the Law Reform Commission has already gathered 80% of the proposals for constitutional amendments."

This proposal has not been well-received by members of parliament, with the Speaker and others expressing opposition.

They argue that several proposed amendments put on hold for the constitutional review process might be sidelined.

The controversy deepens as legislators cast doubt on the suggested approach, raising concerns about potential undermining of public involvement in the constitutional amendment process.

Barnabas Tinkasiimire, among the skeptical legislators, voiced his reservations, adding to the growing dissent within parliamentary ranks.

The government's promise since the 2016 general elections to institute the Constitutional Review Commission, following a Supreme Court ruling, now faces scrutiny and skepticism.

The proposed amendments, including the removal of the president's powers to appoint judges and the electoral commission, hang in the balance as the government navigates through financial challenges and parliamentary discontent.

The fate of the Constitutional Review Commission remains uncertain, leaving the nation on the cusp of a significant constitutional crossroads.

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