What Constitutional Amendments is President Kagame Proposing
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Last week President Paul Kagame indicated to Parliament that he would submit amendments to the 2015 Constitution. Day later, Justice Minister and Attorney General Dr. Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, appeared in the Chamber of Deputies to put forward the amedments.
Among amendments President Kagame is proposing is merging elections. Presidential, senatorial and Chamber of Deputies elections will be held on same day. The President gives various reasons including the cost of holding the three polls separetely.
The President also proposes that the Prime Minister appear before Parliament three times a year to update a joint session of both Houses. Currently, the PM appears on invitation from Parliament.
The Chamber of Deputies unanimously voted the amendments. They will go to Committee stage. They will return to the House for final passage before being forwarded to the Senate. It means it could be a few weeks, and we will have a new constituition with amendments, as the country prepares for the 2024 general elections.
The Chronicles is publishing the original 2015 Constitution, the new project with the new amendments, as well as the Explanatory Note accompanying the amendments. We would like our readers to read for themselves and determine the merits of the proposals.
Below are the three documents.
THE 2003 CONSTITUTION AS AMENDED IN 2015:
DRAFT REVISION OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF RWANDA OF 2003 REVISED IN 2015