Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda says Speaker Rebecca Kadaga is now complicating the tabling of bills in parliament.
According to Nganda, Rule 201 says a report on a Bill is supposed to be tabled and debated three days after.
“Kadaga says tabling also now includes uploading on the iPads. God have mercy!” the FDC legislator exclaimed.
A Bill is a draft law and may be proposed by an MP (Private Member’s Bill) or Minister (Gov’t Bill).
The Constitution (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2017, which is before Parliament is a Pvt Member’s Bill.
Opposition legislators delayed but failed to prevent Parliament from considering the contentious Constitution (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2017.
Moving over a dozen procedural and order points, the Opposition and a few Independent MPs delayed and held back the Chair of the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Hon. Jacob Oboth (Ind., West Budama South), from presenting the Committee Report on the Bill.
The Bill seeks to delete the upper age limit (75 years) and lower (35 years) requirements for persons wishing to stand for president or district chairperson; to increase the number of days within which to file and determine a presidential election petition.
It also seeks to amend the Constitution in accordance with Articles 259 and 262 to provide for more time within which to hold presidential, parliamentary and local government council elections.
Bills First Reading
A Private Member’s Bill is first moved by way of a motion seeking leave of Parliament. When the motion is carried, the Bill is prepared, printed and published in the Gazette.
27th Sept. 2017: The mover of the Bill, Igara West MP, Hon. Raphael Magyezi (NRM) sought and was granted leave by Parliament to present the Private Members Bill.
Rule 121 (1) provides that “A Private Members Bill shall be introduced first by way of motion to which shall be attached the proposed draft of the Bill.”
On 3rd October 2017, the mover of the Bill presented the Constitution (Amendment)(No. 2) Bill, 2017 to Parliament for the first reading. The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, referred it to the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs for consideration.
The Committee is charged with examining bills brought before the House before they are debated by the House.
Following public hearings, the Committee prepared and presented its Report including recommendations for consideration and debate by Parliament.
Following presentation and debate of the two reports, the Speaker puts the question for Parliament to vote for the Second Reading of the Bill.
For this type of Bill, intended to amend the Constitution, it shall not be taken as passed unless it is supported at the Second and Third Readings by the votes of not less than two-thirds of all Members of Parliament.
To ascertain the required two thirds, it is expected that the Speaker will employ the roll call and tally method of voting at this stage.
When the vote is carried, the House will move into a Committee of the Whole House where clauses of the Bill are considered and approved.
The Committee of the Whole House will then report to the plenary, where another vote, for Third Reading, will be called. This is expected to be the same procedure as employed at the Second Reading. With a two thirds voting in favour, the Bill will be passed into an Act of Parliament, pending Presidential assent.