MPs Fall Short of Addressing Needs of Citizens-Survey

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Speaking in Fort Portal on Monday at the launch of the baseline survey, Richard Ssewakiryanga, the Executive Director of NGO Forum, said the MPs are yet to address the crucial needs of the electorate, one year since they assumed office.

Members of 10th Parliament are yet to address concerns in the 2016-2021 National Citizen's Manifesto, according to the first year baseline survey conducted by the NGO forum and Uganda Governance Monitoring Platform. 

 
Last year, Civil Society Organizations under their umbrella organization Uganda NGO Forum unveiled the 2016-2021 National Citizen's Manifesto, which outlines the issues Ugandan voters wanted their elected leaders to address.
 
 
The issues range from job creation, equitable distribution of resources, tackling corruption to improving infrastructure, investment in education, agriculture and health among others. The manifesto was formulated after consultations with over 20, 000 ordinary Ugandans from all walks of life in different parts of the country. 
 

Speaking in Fort Portal on Monday at the launch of the baseline survey, Richard Ssewakiryanga, the Executive Director of NGO Forum, said the MPs are yet to address the crucial needs of the electorate, one year since they assumed office. Ssewakiryanga explains that the MPs are instead focusing on political party issues, which are not a priority to the electorate. 


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Ssewakiryanga also noted that the MPs didn't consult the electorate before passing laws, which amounts to neglect by the elected leaders.  He said that after the five years, voters should use the citizen manifesto to gauge, which candidate has addressed their concerns. 
 
 

According to Ssewakiryanga, Civil Society Organizations-CSOs will continue monitoring the functions of parliament and assessing the MPs over the next four years. The survey notes that in the first year, parliament passed 35 bills, adopted 16 resolutions, 31 committee reports  and 61 ministerial reports. 

Former Ethics and Integrity Minister, Maria Matembe used the opportunity to rally the people of Tooro to reject the amendment of article 102 (b), which caps the presidential age at 75 years. She hailed Alex Ruhunda, the Fort Portal Municipality MP for boldly speaking against the proposed scrapping of the presidential age limit.
 
Last week, Ruhunda posted a message on his facebook wall, saying it is time for the NRM to plan President Yoweri Museveni's succession if his legacy is to remain like that of Tanzania's founding president, the late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere.
 

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.