Tuesday June 24 2014

Constitutional reforms timely- Bukenya

Prof. Gilbert Bukenya addressing supporters at

Prof. Gilbert Bukenya addressing supporters at his home in Kakiri. FILE PHOTO 

By Online Reporter

There is hope in the proposed constitutional reforms, says Ex- Vice president and Busiro County MP, Prof Gilbert Bukenya.
According to Mr Bukenya, the amendments are timely and relevant.
During his state of the nation address, President Yoweri Museveni told Parliament that the government would table proposals to change some sections of the Constitution.
A cabinet sub-committee is overseeing the process that is considering providing for an independent electoral commission, establishment of salaries commission and giving more statutory powers to the president among others.
Bukenya says electoral reforms are what they (opposition camp) have been pushing for and so they are welcome.
However, the opposition Uganda People’s Congress(UPC) has scoffed at the proposed amendments, on claims that they are uncalled for.
The party’s secretary general Joseph Bbossa says the President’s proposal is aimed at diverting attention from their ongoing campaign on free and fair elections.
Bbossa argues that effecting changes to the Electoral Commission without cleaning up the voters register will not yield any fruit.