Clerics Pray for Rule of Law, Free and Fair Polls

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He also implores Parliament to prioritize and expedite the much anticipated debate on constitutional reforms. This, he adds, will streamline the road to 2016, when Ugandans go to the polls, to elect a new president, members of parliament and local government leaders.

Rebuilding independent state institutions, upholding the rule of law and enhancing free and fair elections should be the endorsed as key pillars for democratic reform in the New Year, renowned evangelist Joseph Serwadda has said.

He also implores Parliament to prioritize and expedite the much anticipated debate on constitutional reforms.  This, he adds, will streamline the road to 2016, when Ugandans go to the polls, to elect a new president, members of parliament and local government leaders.

Serwadda also singles out the Marriage and Divorce Bill and the Anti-homosexuality Bill as key laws that require urgency in order to give the country a new setting in family protection.

The marriage and divorce bill, which has remained pending for over 40 years, was designed in part to improve women's rights in marriage and to reform and consolidate the laws relating to marriage, separation and divorce.  The anti-homosexuality bill, signed into law by the President of Uganda in February, was invalidated by the Constitutional Court on grounds that it was not passed with the required quorum.

Serwadda says the two laws need to be handled with utmost urgency.He was speaking to Journalists ahead of the annual Passover festival in Namboole Stadium.

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Meanwhile, Serwadda reechoes a plea for a presidential pardon to the former Prime minister of Tooro John Sanyu Katuramu, convicted in 2001 for masterminding the murder of Patrick Happy Kijjanangoma, the former Omukama of Tooro on March 25, 1999 in Fort Portal.  He has been on death row since then. 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.