After passing the controversial age limit Bill in December last year, MPs are now ready to debate another contentious constitutional amendment bill, according to Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.
While in the plenary, the Speaker said that Parliament will from effect next month handle top 7 bills which include Constitution Amendment Bill, 2017 No.13 known as a land bill that was tabled on the floor of Parliament by Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs Gen Kahinda Otafiire.
She said “The following bills will be handled soon ‘ Law Reform bill, Sexual KCCA Bill, Offences Bill, Sugar Kill, Marriage and Divorce bill ., CAA Bill, and Constitutional Amendment Bill
Kadaga called upon committees to be mindful of timeframe while scrutinizing a bill as stipulated in the Parliament Rules of Procedure.
“We are going to enforce the rule that a bill stays in a committee within only 45 days and if you fail, you report back so that we give you more time. All bills that have been in committee for more than 45 days will be on the order paper on 5th August 2018,” Kadaga added.
It should be noted that the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (No.13) also known as land bill seeks to amend article 26 of the Constitution in accordance with articles 259 and 262 of the Constitution which enables to empower Government or a local government to take possession of the property upon depositing the compensation awarded for the property with court.
Despite being tabled earlier that the private member’s Bill on age limit, the land Bill was shelved after it received huge opposition from the public who deemed it in bad faith and intended to allow the government to grab peoples’ land.