By Max Patrico Ocaido
The report from the committee on legal and parliamentary affairs on Constitution Amendment Bill, 2017(No.2) commonly known as the Age limit Bill will be tabled on Monday next week and debated in a special sitting of parliament.
Although it was highly anticipated that the report would be tabled on Thursday, the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga said she had received the report but said parliament would have a special sitting to discuss the report extensively.
"Honourable members, I have received a report from the committee on legal and parliamentary affairs and I have also received a minority report from the same committee on the Constitution Amendment Bill, 2017. We shall therefore convene on Monday at 9am so that we have sufficient time to debate the two reports extensively," said the Speaker.
This legal committee report that on Wednesday leaked to Kampala Post indicates that 20 MPs have signed the report in support of the age limit Bill while only 9 refused to sign most of whom are opposition MPs. This is far more than the 2/3 support that parliament requires to adopt the committee report.
The report that will be presented by its chairperson Markson Oboth Oboth Monday recommends that article 102 (b) of the Constitution should be amended because it "has the effect of marginalization against the youth and elderly by limiting them from offering their candidature for President."
The Age limit Bill was read for the first time on the October 03, 2017 and subsequently referred to the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs for scrutiny.
The committee that is chaired by Markson Oboth Oboth, West Budama South MP embarked on a 45-day stakeholders meeting where views of several stakeholders for and against the Bill were collected.
Last week the committee concluded their 3-day retreat in Kigo to prepare the report and it is from this report’s observations and recommendations that parliament will use to debate on the Bill when it is brought back for its second reading.