Ugandans living abroad To Start Voting

Ugandans living abroad To Start Voting

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has assured Ugandans living in the diaspora that their quest to vote in general elections will soon be realised with the amendment of the electoral laws.

The Speaker made these remarks while officiating at the closing dinner for the Uganda North American Association (UNAA) 28th Convention at the Boston Park Plaza, Sunday, 04th September 2016.

The President of UNAA, Monday Atigo, had earlier made a request that the diaspora should be allowed to take part in the elections at all levels.

“We look forward to start voting in elections back home and we need to be part of the process,” Atigo said.

Kadaga said that the participation of Ugandans in the national elections would be possible with the early passing of amendments.

“Unlike what happened before the last general elections, we hope the 10th Parliament will be able to handle laws early so that the diaspora is able to take part in the elections, Kadaga said.

The Speaker urged Ugandans living abroad to work closely with Parliament and government to enable the legislation.

“We have one country and that is Uganda. Parliament is your reliable partner in the struggle for better laws,” she added.

Atigo said that UNAA is working with the American Chamber of Commerce to develop the agricultural sector and improve on production of agricultural products.

“We are setting up a model farm in Luwero to teach farmers to apply modern techniques of farming,” he said.

The Executive Director, Uganda Tourism Board, Stephen Asiimwe, re-echoed the need for investment in the hotels, lodges, technology and in infrastructure sectors.

He also revealed that a US based firm had been hired to promote Ugandan Tourism in the United States and Canada.

Uganda’s delegation to the 28th UNAA Convention included the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, the Government Chief Whip, Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu, ministers and Members of Parliament.

The 29th UNAA Convention will be held in Miami.

Source:  parliamentary-news