Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has appealed to the newly appointed Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda to ensure that government tables electoral reforms before the end of the year.
Kadaga noted this during a press conference at Parliament Wednesday in which she explained activities Parliament will be engaging in weeks to come to mark the 125 years of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
Kadaga added that among the urgent business, Parliament has repeatedly requested government to expediate Constitutional and electoral reforms so the stakeholders can make adjustments.
Last week, President Yoweri Museveni nominated Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda as the new Prime Minister in a cabinet reshuffle that saw only Amama Mbabazi who was appointed to the office of Premier in 2011 dropped.
For the past month, the Opposition and Civil society activists have been traversing the country urging for electoral reforms. Among their demands is the disbandment of the Electoral Commission and for all political parties to have a say in the appointment of key officials and the compiling of a new voters’ register.
The Opposition in Parliament is however yet to formally table their proposed electoral reforms on the floor of Parliament.
Kadaga refused to be drawn on whether she would enjoy a better working relationship with the new Prime Minister designate Dr Rugunda. She would only say that she hopes they will be able to get the business of government done.
Media reports last year indicated a rift between the Speaker and former Premier Amama Mbabazi in which Kadaga warned Mbabazi to respect multiparty politics and democratic practice in Parliament after Mbabazi had been quoted in the media accusing Kadaga of being an Opposition sympathizer.