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“Empower Parliament To Arrest Corrupt Government Officials”

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In a paper delivered at a public lecture for the Uganda at 50 Parliament celebrations on September 27, at the Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala, Prof. Nuwagaba hailed the current Parliament for its proactiveness in checking the excesses of the executive.

He however warned that legislators should not abdicate their duty of providing answers to the needs of the voters.

“Representation is a social contract that should not be abused by Parliamentarians. Parliament creates and guarantees the rule of law which is of essence in building democracies,” Prof.Nuwagaba told MPs and Civil Society Activists.

He expressed reservations over women empowerment in Parliament noting that despite the increase in number of Woman MPs in the House, the benefits are yet to trickle down to the grassroots outside Parliament. The Makerere University don cited chronic absenteeism, political party caucusing on parochial issues and the enactment of political legislations as the major challenges to the 9th Parliament.

Veteran politician and a member of the first Uganda Parliament Hon.Adoko Nekyon decried the commercialization of politics, warning that voters use this system to intimidate incumbent leaders to bribe them to survive the next elections.

He noted that although the 9th Parliament was excellent, its performance is affected by the big number of legislators. Hon. Nekyon said Parliament must have a fixed number not linked to the creation of new districts each day.

“A 300 plus Parliament is too big for a country with a population of 30 million people. This size affects the quality of speech because of the time allocated to each member on the floor of Parliament. We could speak for two hours but now you speak in a hurry and many fail to understand your point,” the veteran politician observed.

Hon. Nekyon also noted the need to amend the constitution to lower the academic requirements for one to stand for elections as a Member of Parliament. He said the policy had left out many interested in law making.

“Leaders are born. School training only improves what you have .We should not exclude some persons for not going to school,” he told legislators. The Parliament public lecture was one of the activities organized to commemorate 50 years of Independence under the theme ‘Uganda at fifty years Parliament’s achievements, prospects and challenges’.

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