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MPs: Who Brought The Marriage and Divorce Bill?

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In the first sitting of Parliament following the Easter recess, Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu named the ministers Adolf Mwesige, Jessica Alupo, Asuman Kiyingi and Fr. Simon Lokodo as those who are alleged to have disowned the Bill.


He said that this is insincerity on the part of Government because they were finding it hard to explain the Bill. “Government should own up. Why doesn’t Government own its baby? Whether the baby is ugly, own it”, he added.


Kawempe North Member of Parliament Hon. Latif Sebaggala said that the Cabinet had shifted ownership of the Bill to Parliament and his constituents tasked him to explain this.


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“What is disturbing and disappointing is that government is shifting the Bill and code-named it the Kadaga Bill”, the legislator noted.


The Member of Parliament for Mityana North Godfrey Kiwanda added that MPs are being demonised by the public that accused them of defending an anti social piece of legislation.


Oyam North mp, Crispus Ayena (UPC) asked what drove the government to author such a Bill. “I want to know whether the executive members were asleep in the Cabinet meeting as usual, and they just woke up to adopt what they don’t know,” charged Ayena.


This caused heckling from the government side saying they don’t own Bill.


The shadow attorney general and also MP for Bugweri told the house that the Bill is now being termed as Kadaga Bill and every one thinking it is Parliament that is pushing for Bill. He added that the Bill was brought forward in the House for second reading which is always done through motion and it was moved by the government.


However, the Deputy Attorney General, Fred Ruhindi stood up from the government side, denying allegations by Katuntu that government owned the Bill.


“We only support taking the Bill to the public,” said Ruhindi.


Gender Minister, Tarsis Kabwegere put up a spirited defence for government, saying the executive position is that Ugandans themselves decide on the Bill “and this is why we supported consultation.”


After a lot of heat on executive, the First Lady, also MP for Ruhaama, Janet Museveni rose to defend government. “We called the caucus to decide with colleagues who are also MPs and we reached a conclusion with them but not the executive alone.”


The leader of opposition in Parliament, Nandala Mafabi rubbished the explanation from members of the executive.


“How could the head of executive even propose to facilitate mps with Shs5m when he was not interested in the Bill?” Mafabi asked.


The Speaker of Parliament Rt Hon. Rebecca Kadaga expressed surprise that some Members of Cabinet and government are disowning their own Bill. She added that the Bill was brought by government and was signed by the then Minister of Justice and Attorney-General Prof Khiddu Makubuya.


“Government has been supporting it in the committee. Nobody forced Government to bring the Bill, Parliament finished it work and it was agreed in the business committee that the Bill be considered”, Kadaga revealed.


The Deputy Attorney-General Hon. Fred Ruhindi said that he is not aware of any other position on the Bill. “After consultations, we shall come up with a position on the Bill whether with amendments or not,” he emphasized.


The Bill will be considered by Parliament in subsequent sittings.

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