Monday April 28 2014

KFM, NGO Forum to organise live debate

By Judith Atim

93.3 KFM radio and the Uganda National NGO Forum, have organised a public dialogue dubbed the The Grand Citizens’ Debate that takes place tomorrow at Hotel Africana starting at 3pm.

The Live debate will run under the theme, ‘The State of Uganda: Are we ready for a Leadership Transition?’

Mr Job Kiija, the coordinator for Citizens Mobilisation at the Uganda National NGO Forum, said the debate is part of the serialised policy and governance live debates that will discuss constitutional challenges, democracy and the transition question, internal party democracy and electoral reforms.

The Minister for Information and National Guidance, Ms Rose Namayanja, who is one of the panelists at the debate, said the debate had come at the right time when government is in the process of reviewing several laws, including those related to elections.

Right track
“Uganda is on the right track. Every five years we have elections and prior to that we look at our laws. We dissect them. We see whether we need electoral reforms,” Ms Namayanja said.

She said the Uganda Law Reform Commission is scrutinising several laws, including the Constitution, the Presidential Elections Act, Parliamentary Elections Act and the Local Government Act.
Dr Grace Kabumba Busingye, a lecturer of Constitutional Law at Makerere University also one of the speakers, at the debate, said the challenge with the Constitution was its execution.
“I think we are not on track. We have a Constitution in terms of text but we don’t have a culture of respect for that text and that is very problematic,” Dr Busingye said.

The public debate will comprise two sessions with the first session from 3pm to 7pm which will feature key note presentations and discussions.
The second session will feature a radio talk show (Hot seat) between 7pm and 8pm.

All sessions will be broadcast live on 93.3 KFM, WBS TV and a live stream on as well as You tube and face book.
The debate will also be profiled with in depth coverage in the Daily Monitor.