The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah has stressed that there is need to close the gap that is beginning to emerge between parliaments and the people.
Speaking at the launch of the second African parliamentary Index at the Imperial Royale Hotel, the Deputy Speaker said that there is a widening gap between the Parliament and the constituents that the Members of Parliament represent and called for urgent intervention.
“It is this disconnect between what we do as parliamentarians and what peoples’ aspirations are, that are creating anarchy between Parliament and the people,” said Oulanyah.
“This self-critique will help parliaments to achieve specific goals for the people we represent and do internal awakening of leadership, oversight and control of what goes on in the respective countries,” the Deputy Speaker emphasised.
According to the index, Uganda’s score in 2012 was at 82.9 and this is attributed to the high performance in the legislative and financial functions. The establishment of the Parliamentary Budget Office and the related procedures yielded this high score. There was however moderate performance in the areas of representation, institutional capacity and oversight.
The African Parliamentary Index was conducted in the seven parliaments of Uganda, Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania and Zambia. The programme supports these countries to develop and implement their overall role and engagement in the national budget processes.