The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has praised the 10th Parliament for implementing its sectoral targets as set out in the National Development Plan II.
Kadaga said Parliament has been able to achieve a lot and is the best performing in Africa in as far as executing its mandate is concerned.
“In this financial year, we have been able to enact 17 Government Bills and granted leave for four Private Member’s Bills; cleared all backlog of the Auditor General’s Reports; conducted eight parliamentary outreach programmes; conducted 103 committee oversight field visits and concluded the construction plan for the new Parliamentary Chamber,” Kadaga said.
The Speaker made the remarks while officiating at the Annual Legislature Sector Review retreat organized by Parliament under the theme; ‘Legislating for the people, sustainable development and democracy’, on Thursday, 14th December, 2017 at the Speke Resort Munyonyo.
Kadaga noted however that there are certain weaknesses that need to be addressed considering the fact that Parliament was non-functional for a period of seven years.
“Despite all the media adverts, we need to find a way of penetrating the public further because some people do not know what the roles of Parliament are. We have a high level repatriation, which affects continuity and institutional knowledge,” the Speaker said.
She added that, “we have gaps mainly created by other sectors like the Executive that affect our delivery especially the implementation of laws. The Microfinance Law for example, took four years to be implemented.”
The Speaker was excited about the self-assessment toolkit, a requirement by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, to assess progress made towards implementing the Constitutional mandate.
She said that the Parliament of Uganda was the first to adopt the customized tool arising from the IPU resolutions.
Josephine Watera, the Principal Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, said the self-assessment exercise was meant to evaluate the legislature against international criteria for democratic parliaments; and to identify priorities and means for strengthening Parliament. The exercise was conducted by MPs and senior staff.
The greatest improvement in the performance of Parliament was noted in the rich composition of parliament by gender, regions, and interest groups; the Public Finance Management Act that provides for a certificate of gender equity and the rules of procedure that guide parliament on its operations
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