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PPP calls for withdrawal of cultural leaders’ Bill

By Vision Reporter

Added 30th December 2010 03:00 AM

OPPOSITION People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has called for the withdrawal of the traditional and cultural leaders’ Bill.

OPPOSITION People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has called for the withdrawal of the traditional and cultural leaders’ Bill.

By Florence Nakaayi

OPPOSITION People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has called for the withdrawal of the traditional and cultural leaders’ Bill.

The party described the Bill as unfortunate and a hindrance to peace and harmony among different ethnic groups in the country.

“The Bill should be withdrawn and abandoned. It is going to cause disharmony and division,” Sadam Gayira, the PPP spokesperson, said yesterday at a press briefing.

The Government recently tabled the Institution of Traditional or Cultural Leaders Bill 2010 in Parliament.

The Bill has been criticised by religious leaders and MPs from the Buganda region, who said it mainly targeted their king.

Other kingdoms have however supported the Bill, regarding it as legislation to facilitate them.

The party commended religious leaders for their opinions on the Bill and other issues in support of fair and peaceful elections.

Gayira, flanked by the party vice-chairman, Dr. Dick Odoolu, criticised President Yoweri Museveni for saying some of the clauses were smuggled into the Bill.

“We all know that this Bill emanated from the Cabinet, which the President chairs. It is unrealistic and very sad for the President to disown what is in the Bill,” he said.

The party also expressed concern over the decision by the Electoral Commission to allow voters without voters’ cards to vote.

“We look at this as a deliberate move to absorb the names which were put in the Yellow Book register for NRM supporters,” Gayira said.

He also said Museveni should desist from regarding oil discovered in western Uganda as personal property which no body else could take careof.

Gayira appealed to other opposition parties to double their effort in looking for votes and sensitise the public on the election processes as a tool to reduce Museveni’s vote count to below 51%.



PPP calls for withdrawal of cultural leaders’ Bill

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