The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga and the Leader of the Opposition, Winfred Kiiza, are reading from the same script ahead of the Parliament Week.
Following the contentious debate and enactment of the Constitution Amendment Act in December last year, the duo has, at a news conference, said they must set aside any differences to serve Uganda.
“The Opposition must be there, the government has to be there to serve Ugandans. The LoP [Kiiza] is here and we are working together, we have to serve this country together,” said Kadaga.
The Speaker and the LOP were at a news conference meant to unveil the programme for the second annual Parliament Week where members of the public are to participate in a series of activities commencing with a charity walk on Sunday.
The Parliament Week will run from 21st to 25th January, 2018.
Using an analogy of a family, Kiiza said in the end they have to “put our pieces together” and work for the people of Uganda.
“You have seen families where the mother and father fight and the next day they give birth to a set of twins. We have a lot of time to work for the people of Uganda,” said Kiiza.
This year’s Parliament week, themed under “Parliament; the voice of the people,” will commence with a fundraising walk to construct a rehabilitation center for people living with albinism.
Last year, a similar drive generated Shs 35 million, which the Speaker said would be used to buy land for construction of the Center. The centre is expected to cost Shs 5 billion, which will be raised over a period of time.
From Monday, the public will access Parliament to view various exhibition stalls set by the House’s offices and departments.
A civil society debate follows on Tuesday, with Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah as the presenter.
The activities are to be crowned by the ‘Public Parliament,’ where members of the public constitute themselves into a mock Legislature, elect their Speaker and Deputy Speaker, and hold a House session.
This year’s ‘Public Parliament’ debate is centred on the national budget allocation and its impact on service delivery.
The LOP urged the public to embrace the event, saying it will give them an opportunity to assess the way they are being represented by MPs.
“Come to ask us questions on how you want us to do your work. Assess whether we are doing your job well and also the Public Parliament will be an opportunity to voice your views on the ongoing budgeting process,” said Kiiza.
Kadaga said whereas there maybe disagreements in the execution of public duties, there is need to get together to keep the country moving.