Members of Parliament have been urged to focus more on their key roles of legislation, representation, oversight and appropriation and not implementation of government programmes.
While addressing the MPs during their induction, Thursday 23rd June 2016, Mr. Chris Obore, the Director Communication and Public Affairs and also Spokesperson of the Parliament of Uganda said MPs need to avoid taking the issue of service delivery into their own hands.
“You were elected to represent people from your constituencies but not to provide services,” he said. “Why then should you start building and renovating hospitals or even buying ambulances for an entire constituency using your emoluments?”
Obore said that the best contribution a Member of Parliament can make towards service delivery is by lobbying the government to provide these services.
“You have Chief Administrative Officers, Local Council Chairpersons and Resident District Commissioners who are supposed to do this work. These report to Parliament; so you have all the powers to task them on whether they have been delivering the services,” Obore said.
He added that MPs should provide a framework on which the State can provide services using Parliament and discouraged them from competing with the state in delivering services.
The training, which started on Monday 20th June, 2016 is expected to end on Friday 24th June 2016.