Uganda MPs make new laws to outlaw old ones
The Ugandan parliament in a session. Uganda is a nation obsessed with making laws for every little problem and disregarding existing ones that could address it. We are a nation obsessed with making laws for every little problem and disregarding existing ones that could address it.
The mover of the motion, youth MP Gerald Karuhanga, has gone on the record to say, “I would implore President Museveni to give Ugandans a gift in 2016 and retire. Meanwhile, a popular military general who resigned from parliament on the grounds that he found its work methods confusing, Gen Salim Saleh, has petitioned the ombudsman to push for an Amnesty Act like the one for those who renounce rebellion.
But this time it is amnesty for those who renounce corruption. But the Bill that is likely to attract public attention is one to allow prisoners to enjoy conjugal rights.
Law reform officials and human rights activists have been arguing passionately for prisoners’ right to sex, and are likely to have their way once the Prison Sex Bill (I bet that is what the press will call it regardless of whatever dignified title the drafters choose) reaches the floor of parliament. Will the law be implementable when a government that is hardly able to fix hospitals is tasked to create a conducive romantic atmosphere in prisons? And while its promoters think prisoners are sexually starved, will partners from outside agree to do it in the squalid prisons with loved ones who are full of lice? Or will separate facilities have to be installed? Just points to think about.
It seems whenever a problem arises, however temporary, we forget the existing laws, draft a new law, have it passed and sit back with a smile. Police had begun enforcing them so vigorously that everybody took note.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at East African