Constitutional Reforms: Attorney General Blasts Speaker

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Nyombi says that he was saddened to read in the newspapers the speaker saying that, ‘ if anybody sees the Prime Minister or the Attorney General to notify them that parliament was still waiting for amendments’.

Peter Nyombi, theattorney general has blasted Rebbeca Kadaga, the speaker of parliament sayingshe is childish.

He is enraged thatKadaga made false claims in the media on Monday this week, claiming that shewrote to government to table constitutional reforms in vain.
During theInternational Democracy Day celebrations at Hotel Africana on Monday ,Kadaga said wrote to both the Attorney General and president on reforms but theduo didn't respond.
Nyombi denies everreceiving a letter from Kadaga on electoral reforms apart from the remarks shemade during the state of the nation address.
 He wonders why Kadaga doesn't call or write tohim over the matter instead of rushing to the media.
 Nyombi says that he was saddened to read inthe newspapers the speaker saying that, ‘ if anybody  sees the PrimeMinister or the Attorney General to notify them that parliament was stillwaiting for amendments'.
 He dismissed the speaker as  childish saying how do you talk to yourfriends like that?". He said as a senior member of government, Kadaga shouldhave raised her colleagues on phone and inquired about the constitutionalreforms. 
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According to Nyombi,when government realized that there amendments which needed to be effected, theministry of justice wrote to all stakeholders including the  leader ofopposition calling for proposals.
He said many of theamendments like the ones on the composition of the Electoral commission and electoral laws necessitate reviewing the constitution. He says that some ofthe proposed amendments are a result of court judgments and some were fromgovernment.
The technical team atministry of Justice , the attorney general's office came up with a workschedule which he says was tabled in cabinet.
Nyombi revealed thatat cabinet level, a decision was reached to draft all the lawyers in cabinet intoa sub committee to study the amendments under the chairperson of the PrimeMinister Amama Mbabazi.
 He names some of the minister as Gen MosesAli, Rose Namayanja, Sam Kutesa, Adolf Mwesigye, Asuman Kiyingi, Okello Oryem, FredRuhindi and himself. According to Nyombi, the consituttional amendments are nota cheap business as Kadaga wants to portray it.
 He says government dispatched a team led byRuhindi to regional countries to do some bench marking. He revealed that thereport on the amendments had been made and awaited discussion by cabinet.
Reminded that thespeaker was worried by government stampeding parliament, Nyombi said since thematter is at cabinet level it out of his hands. Wafula Oguttu, the leader of oppositionin parliament has not yet commented as he is reportedly out of the country.Kadaga could neither pick nor return calls from our reporter.


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