Uganda: Maragoli want to be included in the constitution

Published: 21/May/2015
Source: Radio One (Uganda)

The Maragoli community wants the legal and parliamentary affairs committee to consider their petition to be included in the 3rd schedule of the Ugandan constitution as one of the indigenous tribes.

The community members are residents of Kiryandongo and Masindi districts of Bunyoro Kingdom where they according to their submission settled before the boarders of Uganda were drawn up.

They say that they were left out of the 3rd schedule during the making of the 1995 constitution and currently they have been blocked from registering for the National Identify Card.

They say that they own land, hold leadership and administrative positions and that they have exercised the rights of citizens by voting in past elections and paying taxes.

The local communities in Bunyoro back their petition and during a meeting with the committee the Kigumba sub county chairman Jacob Karubanga a munyoro backed their petition asking parliament to ensure that the 3rd schedule of the constitution is amended and their prayer met

The Kiryandongo district woman Mp Helen Kahunde also backs their demand promising to mobilize other Mps to back the amendment when the legal and parliamentary affairs committee presents it to the house

Story by

Kenneth Lukwago

Themes: Discrimination, Ethnic/Racial/Religious, Statelessness
Regions: Uganda
Year: 2015