“I cannot assent to garbage,” was President Museveni’s silent statement against the Physical activity and Sports Bill 2022 that requires reconsideration, according to him, this website can reveal. Ambiguous clauses for reconsideration that thus raised concerns by the critical Museveni were 2, 32, 75 and schedule 2, also rooting several irregularities according to a State House of Uganda source.
Museveni, like he did to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (AHB), also advised Parliament to reconsider up to four clauses within the Sports Bill, as amended in 2022 and submitted in March 2023 before he can assent to it. The President, who accordingly seemed to have personally read word per word of the Bill, thinks it cannot help reshape the sports sphere in Uganda. He hence it back to Parliament for ‘reconsideration’.
“Pursuant to article 91 (3) (b) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, HE the President has returned the National Sports Bill for reconsideration raising concerns on Clauses 2, 32, 75 and schedule 2,” a statement said. The National Sports Act was jointly moved by Hon. Magogo Moses Hassim (MP Budiope East) and Government.
The clauses that needed reconsideration include the interpretation clause (clause 2), which generally provides definition of various subjects covered under the bill including athletes, the ministry and National Council of Sports (NCS). The clause was amended during the last reading of the Bill to include a definition of National Sports Federations, and also adding definitions like amateur sport, beneficial owner and commercial rights.
A new clause was also included regarding the declaration of a national sport, also defining how a national sport can be registered and recognized. Clause 32 entails the remuneration of the board of the NCS. The Bill provided that the members of the Board shall be paid such renumeration as the Minister may, in consultation with the Ministries responsible for finance and public service, specify in the instruments of appointment.
Clause 75 which rules on Public Sports Infrastructure, with the bill vesting the interests of public infrastructure under the National Council of Sports. Also returned for reconsideration is the list of existing sports federation, with 51 sports federations included in the initial Bill. The Bill was among six bills tabled to the Head of State to sign into law.
Museveni, however, passed the Anti-Homosexuality bill 2023 into law. He also signed the Museum and Monuments Bill 2022, the Public Health Amendment Bill 2022, the Markets Bill 2022 and the Micro-finance deposits taking institutions amendment Bill 2022 and the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Amendments) Acts 2023.
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