Uganda: ‘Present post MDG agenda to Parliament’

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The Opposition Chief Whip, Hon. Cecilia Ogwal has asked government to present the post Millennium Development Goals (MDG) agenda to enable Members of Parliament make a contribution.

“Parliament should take charge of the post MDG agenda; government should bring the post MDG agenda such that we (MPs) make an input in the country’s development agenda,” she said, adding, “I appeal to the Speaker to help us on this.”

Hon. Ogwal was making a contribution during debate on Reports on the Activities of Uganda’s delegation to the Pan African Parliament. Hon. Cecilia Ogwal is the immediate past Leader of Uganda’s delegation to the Pan African Parliament. She was replaced by Hon. Onyango Kakoba (NRM, Buikwe North) as new Leader of Delegation.

The reports covering both Committee and plenary sessions held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Midrand, South Africa since 2012 were presented to Parliament by Hon. Sam Otada (Ind., Kibanda).

The reports were meant to keep the leadership of Parliament and Members informed of issues discussed and resolutions passed by the Pan African Parliament.

The delegation recommended that government of Uganda approves the revised Protocol by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government in July 2012, which will lead to the transformation of PAP into a legislature with full oversight powers. It also recommended that the Minister of Foreign Affairs to make a six monthly report to Parliament on the status of the various Protocols and AU treaties signed by Uganda but not ratified or domesticated.

In addition, the delegation recommended that Uganda ratifies the African Charter on Democracy, Election and Governance.

SOURCE: The Republic of Uganda, April 16th 2014: