What we should include in Uganda’s new Constitution

A man reads the Constitution of Uganda.

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Changes. A campaign area of 112 districts is so big for a candidate to cover within a period of three months. The area should be reduced to 60 districts, meaning a candidate will cover at least 15 districts in each region, writes Kavuma-Kaggwa.

The Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister, Gen Kahinda Otafiire, has finally called on the public and legislators to submit their proposals to the Uganda Law Reform Commission for the forthcoming Constitution amendment process due for next year.
The minister’s call has come at the right time so that Ugandans can prepare themselves in good time because after Christmas, it will be serious business.
The first six months of 2015 will be very critical because that will be the time for candidates to prepare themselves for the campaigns ahead of the 2016 general elections.
Nominations are likely to take place in September 2015 and polling on February 18, 2016, if we are to follow the 2011 system.
One factor I have observed about elections in Uganda is that for Parliament or LC5, if you do not have a minimum of Shs500 million, please do not attempt to contest. If you do you may end up in a mental asylum.
When I read the minister’s proposal, my mind quickly moved to what we should have in our new Constitution;
1. We are now living in a modern world; therefore our Constitution should clearly stipulate that a presidential candidate should publicly declare his presidential running mate.
Both of them should address campaign rallies together throughout the country. This is very important because people will know right from the start who will be their vice president.


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