Parliament Orders Recruitment of Pregnant Women, PWDs at Immigration

The National Résistance Movement Electoral Commission has suspended the elections for Members of Parliament and LC5 leaders for Wakiso district.

The election according to NRM deputy spokesperson Ofwono Opondo, no rx was moved to tomorrow October 28, ask following irreconcilable glitches

Opondo explained that the district leadership agreed to stay the polling exercise after a ghost candidate appeared on the ballot papers for the district woman MP seat.

Hon Rosemary Seninde was unopposed in the race but her name appeared on the ballot paper with another person who was never in the race.

He added that in some areas some candidates’ names were misspelled like in Busike County, while other polling stations received ballots of different areas.

Opondo said that the party would have to reprint ballots and ensure that correct delivery is done.

Elsewhere where elections materials arrived late, Opondo revealed that the commission had resolved to allow them more voting time, while in extreme cases the voting would be extended to tomorrow.

The affected districts are Wakiso and Namutumba [for tomorrow] while in Kiruhura, the exercise was pushed to Monday, following the death of one of the contestants.
Amama Mbabazi must relinquish his position as Kinkiizi West MP after declaring intentions to contest for president on the independent ticket, ampoule said a top NRM official Friday.


“If Mbabazi is decent enough he should return the NRM card, patient resign from parliament and become an independent,” said NRM Deputy Spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo.

He said the Constitution provides that once an elected Member of Parliament crosses the floor, one must resign – leading to a by-election.

Article 83 of the Constitution provides for the tenure of office of Members of Parliament.

It states one loses an MP seat, “If that person leaves the political party for which he or she stood as a candidate for election to Parliament to join another party or to remain in Parliament as an independent member.”

Mbabazi today said six weeks ago he declared his intention to stand for presidency but that the idea was not well received by the NRM top brass whom he accused of frustrating him.

“For me what is alive today as it was back then is a desire to serve my country but the fact is that the NRM has sought to obstruct my intentions completely,” Mbabazi said.

In response, Opondo said Mbabazi’s actions “can compel us to petition Electoral Commission and other authorities to get him out of Parliament.”

“We appeal to his honourable wisdom to return the NRM card. If Mbabazi has problems with the law, let him go to court.”


Article 83 of the Constitution has previously been a source of contention.

Legal experts say the reason for the inclusion of Article 83 (1) (g) and (h) in the Constitution was to address some of the wrongs identified in Uganda’s history of political and constitutional instability.

The Uganda Constitutional Commission headed by Justice Odoki, , as he then was, gathered views from Ugandans as to how they wanted to be governed and made a report that was debated by the Constituent Assembly and provided the basis for the 1995 Constitution.

The Commission found that since the attainment of independence, it had become a practice by Members of the political parties in opposition crossing the floor in Parliament and joining the party in Government, thus contributing to the creation of a one party state and rendering the working of multi-party democracy impossible.

The Odoki Commission thus proposed as a remedy that in the case of a multi-party Parliament a member wishing to cross the floor must first resign his or her seat and seek fresh mandate from the constituency that had elected him/her to represent the people of that constituency in Parliament.

Likewise, once elected as an Independent, should also seek fresh mandate on joining a political party, the commission argued then.

Mbabazi’s campaign team is yet to respond to the latest assertions.
The Defense and Internal Affairs Committee of Parliament has directed the Public Service Commission and the Minister of Internal Affairs to make provision for recruitment of pregnant women and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) into Immigration Directorate.

The Committee made the directive while meeting the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission Justice Ralph Ochan and Minister of Internal Affairs, more about Hon. Gen.  Aronda Nyakairima on Thursday, viagra buy 30th July 2015.

The meeting follows reports that pregnant women and People With Disabilities (PWD’s) would not be considered in the ongoing recruitment process as they were not able to take part in the physical exercises.

Oyam South Member of Parliament, see Hon. Betty Amongi said the recruitment process was breaching the human rights of having a family and discriminated against PWDs.

“The act of side-lining pregnant women and PWDs during the recruitment process is an indirect way of saying that they cannot get a job because they are expecting a child or because they are physically challenged,” Hon. Amongi said.

Justice Ralph Ochan said the Commission had created a help desk to attend to the pregnant women and PWDs who had passed the first aptitude test but were not able to participate in the physical test.

“We have received 71 people who have come to register with us and we are preparing an alternative test that will address their special situation,” Justice Ochan noted.

The Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah directed the committee on Defence and Internal Affairs to further investigate the issues surrounding the recent exercise of recruitment of immigration officers.

Parliament had earlier on passed a directive suspending the recruitment process following allegations of nepotism, corruption and discrimination against pregnant women and PWDs.


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