Experts To Train MPs In Combating Graft


thumb no rx geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The Clerk to Parliament, Mrs. Jane Lubowa Kibirige and Mrs. Eva Mulema Matsiko, the RTI International Chief of Party signed for their institutions respectively, at a brief ceremony held at Parliament Building, Wednesday, September 25, 2013.

The overall objective of the MOU is to support the two committees, in collaboration with the Institute of Parliamentary Studies to “fulfill their oversight functions, in as far as they contribute towards better accountability and service delivery at the local governments.”

Kibirige, welcomed the collaboration, which is in line with the Commission’s initiatives to train Members and staff of Parliament.

“Parliament established the Institute of Parliament Studies to spearhead the training of Members and staff of Parliament, as well as other stakeholders who contribute to and/or benefit from our work,” Mrs. Kibirige said.

“Since 2004, Parliament has benefited significantly from USAID support in capacity development activities and, we are indeed grateful,” she added.

Mrs. Eva Mulema Matsiko, said RTI was looking forward to working with Parliament of Uganda and receiving both their needs and inputs to the programme.

At the same function, USAID and RTI International handed over a heavy duty photocopier, two laptops and a projector meant for the Institute of Parliamentary Studies, to the Clerk to Parliament.

Mr. Michael Ronning, the Director Democracy, Rights and Governance Office, in USAID Uganda Office, said the understanding was in line with the US President’s strategy of strengthening democratic institutions in Africa and was part of the broader relationship between USAID and the Parliament of Uganda.

The collaboration is aimed at supporting Parliament to advance national policies in support of proper accountability and service delivery at both national and local government levels. Both committees play a pivotal role in fighting graft in public offices.

In the Memorandum, the parties agreed to cooperate on preventing corruption within and throughout the implementation of the programme.

“The Project requires absolute uprightness from all Parliament staff and consultants engaged under this Project and vice versa. Non-compliance with anti corruption laws and standards shall constitute one of the grounds for termination of this MOU,” reads the Memorandum in part.


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