Parliament, IPU Sign MoU on Maternal Health

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga

The South Sudan rebel leader, store Dr. Riek Machar has on a rare occasion joined the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir for a meeting in Khartoum on Tuesday.

The meeting is historic since Museveni and Machar have never met one on one since the beginning of the South Sudan conflict in late 2013 when the latter bitterly disagreed with his former boss, physician President Salva Kiir, clinic resulting into a break away in the national army, SPLA.

Museveni left Uganda on Tuesday evening for Khartoum and according to a statement from State House; he is supposed to spend two days in the official visit. The statement said Museveni was expected to hold bilateral talks with his host Bashir.

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The two leaders were also expected to hold joint ministerial meetings before and a dinner banquet that will be hosted by Bashir in honor of his visitor Museveni that very Tuesday evening.

The State House announcement however did not mention anything about Museveni meeting Machar in the same trip.

ChimpReports has learnt that few hours when Museveni left for Khartoum, Dr. Machar who is based in the neighboring Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa also departed for the same destination.

According to SPLA- In Opposition sources, Machar landed Khartoum last evening.

The three leaders are expected to hold an extraordinary summit this Wednesday morning on the implementation of the recently signed South Sudan peace talks.

Machar who is the designated First Vice President of South Sudan is also expected to share a one on one meeting with Museveni.

“The Commander-in-Chief (Machar) flew to Khartoum in the evening (Tuesday) to meet presidents Museveni and Bashir. He is prepared to give them the honest piece of his mind on the implementation of the Compromised Peace Agreement to end the sufferings in our country.” A source from Machar`s movement said.

Dr. Machar and his group have on several occasions accused Museveni and Uganda as a whole for taking side in the South Sudan conflict. They blamed UPDF for helping their enemy, the mainstream SPLA under Kiir.

Uganda deployed the UPDF in capital Juba and Jonglei state town of Bor when the war had broken out in the world`s youngest nation and the move is viewed by many analysts that it avoided a possible genocide.

The UPDF still maintains defensive positions both in Juba and Bor despite continuous demand by SPLA-IO that the Ugandan army should withdraw.  The two leaders are likely going to brainstorm on the same matter since it is also strongly featured in the recently signed peace agreement.

The Parliament of Uganda and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see matters affecting the health of women and children coming top on its agenda.

The MoU, viagra 40mg which was signed in New York early this month by Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, symptoms Speaker of Parliament of Uganda and Mr. Martin Chungong, page Secretary General of the IPU, according to the statement, notes that it is important to position maternal health as key in national development through activities aimed at renewing legislation and increasing resources allocated to it.

“The commitment of the Parliament of Uganda to maternal, new born and child health was reaffirmed under the resolution, ‘Access to health as a basic right: the role of parliaments in addressing key challenges to securing health of women and children,” the statement reads in part.

Information from Parliament shows that following the resolution, a Parliamentary Advocacy Strategy was developed to position the Ninth Parliament to effectively contribute to the Uganda National Roadmap for Accelerating the Reduction of Maternal, Neonatal Mortality and Morbidity.

The purpose of the MoU is to provide technical assistance and capacity to the Parliament of Uganda to review parliamentary advocacy on maternal, new born and child health.

Some of the activities to be accomplished include, drafting a background paper on maternal, newborn and child health; drafting and tabling legislation, raising awareness among citizens on issues of maternal, new born and child health, among others.

The IPU and the Parliament of Uganda have therefore organized meetings to highlight recommendations that should be acted upon by the next Parliament.

Some of the key participants in the meetings will be Members of Parliament, representatives of civil society, international organisations and other key stakeholders.

The review meetings will highlight how far Parliament has come in positively changing the legislative environment on maternal, new born and child health, and on the capacity of Parliament to take leadership on the issue and exercise its oversight role.


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