By Max Patrico Ocaido
The Parliamentary Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs is swimming in over Shs700m to process the Constitution Amendment Bill No2 2017 that seeks to among others, lift caps on presidential age limits.
According to draft budget documents seen by Kampala Post, the Committee chaired by West Budama South County MP Jacob Oboth Oboth will receive Shs715m to scrutinize the bill and process it for its second reading within a constituted period of 45 days.
The draft indicates that the Committee intends to travel to five regions across the country, with the MPs visiting seven districts from the five regions. With 23 members on the Committee, five members will visit each region.
These internal field trips will cost at least Shs227, 250,000m. For the regional trips, the Committee intends to take ten trips with each MP set to receive Shs20m. The Committee will also travel with three staff for their field trips, who will be paid a total per diem of Shs8.7m with each set to get Shs290,000 daily.
On the other hand, the three Police officers to tag along the Committee members will each bag Shs175,000 totaling to Shs5,250,000m for the 10 days the Committee will spend in each particular region.
The drivers who will transport the Committee members will each receive Shs150,000 bringing the total of this expenditure at Shs1.5m. The committee will also spend Shs10m on each regional trip on fuel and contingency funds.
Meanwhile, Shs400, 080,000m has been planned for the international trips with the Committee set to travel to at least three countries.
According to the draft report, the air tickets for the MPs will account for Shs36m, while the air tickets for staff will cost Shs11.2m, whilst visa fees to each nation is budgeted at Shs1,920,000.
The international benchmarking trips will also cost Shs64,800,000m and another Shs19,440,000m for the per diem of MPs and staff.
After gathering all the data from stakeholders in relation to the bill, the Committee will hold a retreat to consider the draft report which will cost Shs88.3m. To ensure the success of this retreat, the Committee will hire a venue that will cost Shs3m. The Committee will also spend Shs79.8m for accommodation of the whole team.
When all is done, each member will also get a transport refund of Shs3.5m, with Shs2m set aside as contingency fees.
The Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee has been charged with the sole responsible to prepare the age limit bill. The Committee will scrutinize the bill by getting views of various stakeholders and government in public hearings. The committee will also review relevant and related laws and documents.
On the 31 October, the committee will interface with the mover of the bill Raphael Magyezi (Igara West MP) before meeting other stakeholders including; all former presidential candidates (2016 election), Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire, minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, members of the Uganda Law Reform Commission, former Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki, Supreme Court judge George William Kanyeihamba, members of civil society, Academia, Scholars, Interest groups, Youths, Women, scholars, political scientist among others.