Women legislators call for two terms
Posted Tuesday, September 24 2013 at 01:00
Kampala- Legislators want district women representatives to serve only two terms and pave way for others.
This, the MPs, who subscribe to the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (Uwopa), observed that it would give chance to many women to be groomed into politics and influence good governance.
Speaking at a workshop organised by Uwopa last Friday, MPs want the affirmative action reviewed, saying the policy is now counterproductive since some representatives had turned it into a job instead of utilising it to push for gender sensitive policies and issues.
There are 112 district women representatives who were voted on affirmative action whose term in Parliament must be reviewed every 10 years.
However, this has not been done as the female MPs’ term has remained open.
Other women lawmakers were, however, opposed to the introduction of term limits arguing that women should be left to run as many terms as they want as long as they are still relevant in their constituencies.
Ms Florence Namayanja, the Bukoto East Woman MP, said some women had served on affirmative action since Constituency Assembly thus not giving chance to others to serve in that capacity.
Ms Ibi Florence Ekwau (Kaberamaido) said ever since the 1995 Constitution was established, there has been no review of the affirmative action to assess whether the principle is still relevant.
“We are approaching 2016 and we are not debating affirmative action principle as required. This Parliament should open up the debate so that we know that the process has started,” she said.
Male MPs suggested that the women representatives should serve two terms and give others chance.
They encouraged women to go and compete with the men on direct constituencies.
The affirmative action, introduced by President Museveni’s administration since 1986, has seen a number of women in political leadership.