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MPs, cultural, civil and religious leaders unite in protestGovernment last week side-stepped one controversy; the raging age limit amendment debate, and introduced another in parliament, the Constitution Amendment Bill 2017 on compulsory land acquisition.The tabling of that bill in a rather riotous parliament set the stage for another bitter battle with MPs, activists and political leaders.According to the bill tabled…
At global level and more recently, sentiments of independent popular movements have handed political triumphs to politicians including Donald Trump in the US, Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines with the latest being Emmanuel Macron in France. In all instances, the victors mobilized their political support either outside traditional political parties or with little anchoring in political party structures. CRISPIN KAHERU…
A significant majority of Ugandans are opposed to the idea of adjusting the constitution’s Article 102 (b) to rid the presidential age limit.The research places this majority at 75 percent, drug with only 24 percent supporting the removal of the age limit. The latter believe that blocking a person aged 75 and above from running for president is discriminatory.The research…
At least 53 MPs so far surveyed are not decided on whether they will vote for the removal of the presidential age limit.The Observer surveyed 106 MPs out of 431 minus the ex-officio legislators. The Observer reported on June 3 that the Constitution (Amendment) Bill (2017), which contains article 102 (b) was due to be gazetted in The Uganda Gazette.Then…
The planned amendment of the 1995 Constitution is illegitimate unless it is made under a new political environment that would transit Uganda to a new leader, former Presidential candidate Col. Dr Kizza Besigye has said.Dr Besigye told journalists in Kampala on Tuesday that the Constitution Review process should take place under a new political environment not the present political environment…
The ICJ welcomed today’s judgment by the International Criminal Court (ICC) that South Africa had violated its legal obligations by failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during his visit to the country in June 2015.The ICC said the South Africa should have surrendered him to the ICC for prosecution.President al-Bashir (photo) had been indicted by the ICC for genocide,…

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