By Jumah Kakomo
Civil society organizations (CSOs) have lashed at government over the proposed constitution Land Amendment Bill, 2017 and the anticipated campaign to remove the 75 year age restriction for presidential candidates in Uganda.
The CSOs which include among others Action Aid Uganda, center for constitutional governance, foundation for human rights initiative, human Rights network Uganda assert that the constitutional land Amendment bill, 2017 was brought in bad faith considering that it seeks to permit government to expeditiously acquire private property of a person before prompt payment of fair and adequate compensation, prior to the taking of possession or acquisition of the property.
Addressing the press, Irene Ovonji Odida,the executive director the association of Uganda women lawyers FIDA articulated that the government action was misdirected and is inconsistent and in contravention with article 26(2)(b)7(i) that makes it mandatory to provide a prompt, fair and adequate compensation to owners of such property prior to the take over.
It’s on the that she appealed to the citizens to resist amendment of the constitution by all means.
On the potential amendment of article 102(b) with respect to the age limitations for presidential candidates, Ovonji, said that the framers of the 1955 constitution were mindful of Uganda’s history characterised by forces of tyranny, oppression and exploitation, and therefore envisaged that article 102(b) prescribing the age limit for president of not being less that 35 years and not above 75 years of age.
She said that this was done to safeguards towards securing peaceful transfer of power, avoiding dictatorship, absolute hold on power and imperial life presidency.
By Jumah Kakomo