20 January 2013

East Africa: Uganda Urged to Translate Constitution Into Local Languages

Kampala — The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) legal rules committee have asked the government of Uganda to translate the country's constitution into local languages.

This would enable all citizens of Uganda and East Africans at large to be able to understand and interpret the constitution to their own benefit.

A statement issued by the assembly's spokesman Bobi Odiko said the government should revive trade unions in Uganda and the East African Community as a whole in order to advocate for workers' rights and interests such as provision of a living wage, pension in the wake of EAC integration.

"There is need to translate the Constitution of Uganda into local languages as stipulated in the Constitution of Uganda while the Kenyan parliament should establish a substantive Committee for East African Community Affairs as opposed to EAC matters being handled under the committee on defense and foreign affairs," he said in a statement issued last week in Arusha, Tanzania.

He said in the statement that since the United Republic of Tanzania is currently on the process of reviewing its constitution, there is need for the new constitution to incorporate EAC affairs to strengthen the integration project.

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