Walubiri Blasts Independents Over Proposed Constitutional Ammendment

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But constitutional lawyer Peter Walubiri warns the independents against misusing the law for their selfish interests adding that, the Constitution is a sacred law that cannot be manipulated for personal gain.

Renowned constitutional lawyer Peter Walubiri says the proposal by independent legislators to amend the constitution to allow them join the party of their choice a year to the end of their term is selfish.
 
Last week, 35 Independent legislators led by Jacob Oboth Oboth, the West Budama South MP presented a proposal before the NRM caucus in Kyankwanzi seeking to ammend Article 83 (1) (h) of the Constitution.  
 
It states that a Member of Parliament shall vacate his or her seat in Parliament if, having been elected to Parliament as an independent candidate, that person joins a political party. 

However, independent MPs argue that Article 83 denies them a right to belong to a side of their choice. They therefore proposed that the article is amended to allow them participate in party primaries ahead of the 2016 general elections. 

The NRM Parliamentary Caucus adopted the proposed amendment pending further scrutiny by the NRM. But constitutional lawyer Peter Walubiri warns the independents against misusing the law for their selfish interests adding that, the Constitution is a sacred law that cannot be manipulated for personal gain.
 
Walubiri says the law is clear that one loses their seat once they cross adding that, independents want to have their cake and eat it.
 
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In 2011, at least 77 MPs lost their seats in Parliament after the Constitutional Court ruled that it was illegal for Independents to participate in elections on party tickets without first resigning.

One of the resolutions endorsed in Kyankwanzi is that candidates who lose in the primaries will not stand as independents. However, Robert Kafeero Ssekitoleko, the Nakifuma County MP believes this particular proposal will only be effective if the primaries are transparent.
 
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But Walubiri warns that the independents should brace themselves for stiff opposition from NRM MPs, who may block the proposals to shield themselves from competition in the primaries.
 
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