The Clerk to Parliament has Thursday 28th April 2016, met the Parliamentary Development Partners’ Group to discuss the planned activities of the Orientation and Induction of new Members of the 10th Parliament and to solicit their support towards these activities.
Kibirige who addressed the various partners including the UN, The Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA), Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) and Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) among others, said the Parliamentary Commission had organised the Orientation and Induction seminars to expose the in-coming Members to the workings of Parliament and its institutional mechanisms.
“Parliament will welcome 426 members, 80% of who will be new and would therefore require initiation into the system to gain mastery of how the institution works,” she said.
She welcomed contributions to the planned activities that she said would build the capacity of the new Members.
“The funds from Parliament are largely emolument-based meaning we cannot finance all the seminars; support in form of funding is therefore required,” she said.
Albert Oduman, representing DAI said that there was need to focus on accountability and backlog.
“The new Members need to be educated on the role of oversight and its execution at a committee level so that Parliament can ably exercise this function,” he said.
Lucy Ndungu, Peace and Development Advisor for the UN in Uganda encouraged training Members on political dialogue.
“Members need to know how to interact and work with their peers from different political affiliations,” she said.
She, however, commended the seminar programme for its focus on human rights and gender equality, saying that these are very important issues in the country.
Andrew Namara from AWEPA pledged Shs93 million to be directed towards strengthening and promoting constitutional governance.
Representatives from the different UN organisations pledged to make a combined contribution towards the programme.
The Clerk expressed her gratitude towards the support from the Parliamentary Development Partners and acknowledged receiving a contribution of Shs180 million from the DGF.
The Orientation and Induction programme of the 10th Parliament is expected to take place from 27th of June to 1st of July 2016 in Kampala.