Interview: Beecham Okwere and His Big Plans for EALA

David Beecham Okwere

With only months to the unveiling of the second term of the East African Legislative Assembly, order one Ugandan, sale Beecham Okwere David has trumpeted interest to represent the country at the regional Parliament.

The 36 year old lawyer and politician is already rooted at the Arusha based Assembly, viagra 60mg having worked there in this ending term as a board member on the East African Youth Ambassadors Platform of the EAC Secretariat.

Chimpreports caught up with Okwere, who took us through his plans to better Uganda’s image in the region — the first term having seen some unceremonious acts by the country’s representatives — and much more about his life in the interview below.

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Who is David?
Am a born of 1980 3rd October. l grew up in a Christian based family with a humble back ground with a life that was fragile during the rebel activities. l had an unfortunate part of  life were l witnessed my father being shot in church and l was also shot in the leg. According to my understanding my father was shot because he did not believe in the LRA ideologies which inspired me a lot.

Where did you go to school?
I went to Malela Primary School in our village and then proceeded to Nabumali High School in Mbale then St. Mary’s Kisubi and later to Makerere University. I also went to Uganda Law society. l was trained in Governance at the Julius Nyerere Center for Peace in Tanzania  and also studied issues of diplomacy in USA.

Why did you choose law?
My late father inspired me; he was a man of his own ideology that’s why they actually killed him. This inspired me to protect and defend the helpless; fight for the fatherless poor and voiceless. Sometimes when a client brings me a case l don’t mind about the money, l just want justice for them.

When then did you decide to join regional politics?
At first my intention was at home; l was actually a former aspirant for Member of Parliament for Bukedea Constituency in 2006, which l lost with a narrow margin. After that, President Museveni offered me a job as deputy ambassador in Japan and l declined it since my intention was not work but building a carrier. l became the East African Youth Ambassador; being in there and seeing what goes on l stayed and joined regional politics .

You introduced the scorecard. What happened to it?
I must say that the parliamentary score card was my idea and it made records internationally and locally, though it had some shortcomings. One was implementing the methodology; what we had agreed before did not work because parliament wanted to take part in it. So we pulled ropes with parliament and agreed on each party sends representatives so that it’s fair. But now we settled our issues with them and it will effectively run.

What urged you to stand for the EALA seat?
Having participated in many activities with the EAC, l was backed up and inspired by one principle; l belong to the believers in unity that sees more advantage in any endeavor to unite society. My major target is to unite society for we have had a very bad history of wars, tribalism etc. l want to improve our education sector, health and unemployment among the youth.

How would you rate the performance of EALA so far?
To a certain extent they are doing well but they are a bit slow and need to accelerate their work. At the beginning of the year we carried out a survey to see if people knew about the EAC and found that only 31%Ugandans did. The rest don’t know what it is or what it does. l recommend aggressive sensitization.

If l was to conduct a scorecard, their performance would be below average which is very bad. We need people to know it and believe in it .

Some politicians in Uganda, FDC in Particular, recently argued that EAC has not benefited Uganda and called for a referendum to choose whether we should leave like the UK left the EU.

That’s where we normally go wrong. EAC is not about parties, it’s a collective effort. l don’t see any reason why we should leave; it’s all about uniting as brothers and sisters which will make trade and work since we are one person .

What have been some your accomplishments so far?
With education I am covered. With work l have three offices, which is a great privilege. Besides that l teamed up with other youth ambassadors and made an EAC mobile application which can help you reach directly to the General Secretary and get online news too. l also do charity in two organisations Oysters and Pearls Uganda which helps orphans and Robbins Nest Missions which supports abandoned street children .

How do your life out of office?
My life out of office is fun. l play golf then l go to church on Sunday at KPC. I am non alcoholic l drink tea and a lot and juice; I prefer keeping a sober mind. l meet with friends and we talk and l travel a lot. l would want to lead the youth to the promised land .



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