Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) president Hon. Jimmy Akena has said that the Executive should tackle many of the resource issues because they end up reflecting badly on Parliament and becoming a burden on its members.
This was during the Civil Society Debate chaired by Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, as part of the Parliament Week on Tuesday, 23rd January, 2018.
“The voices of the people are heard by MPs for example through availing ambulances to ease the issues instead of raising the issues on the Floor of Parliament and paying school fees for their constituents. We feel pressure of our constituents struggling to educate their children because the resources are hard to find,” he added.
He noted that the problem is the fact that the country has a presidency which has dominated all aspects of the Parliament.
“We need to make sure that we learn to survive without the dominance of the President. We need to make our Parliament independent,” Akena noted.
Democratic Party President Hon. Nobert Mao said that Parliament needs to administer a poll for the public to assess the extent it has fulfilled its roles.
The Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Winfred Kiiza said that together with the civil society, Parliament is supposed to keep government in check and hold it accountable.
Kiiza said that MPs also need guidance at times of the people out there to help them.
“Sometimes, we do not have the capability to articulate issues accurately. We need to be properly mentored so that we can come out to be proper people’s representatives,” she said.
She noted that there is a need for a forum to mentor young people to become future leaders instead of having people who are going to be bulldozed.