Members of Parliament have completed a three day training seminar, the first of its kind since the inauguration of the 11th Parliament in May 2021.
The induction seminar which started on 15 June 2022 and ended on Friday, 17 June 2022 at Imperial Royale Hotel was officially closed by the Minister for General Duties, Hon. Justine Kasule Lumumba on behalf of the Speaker Anita Among.
The training seminar is part of the intervention towards continuous improvement in the quality of output and overall efficiency and effectiveness of MPs.
On behalf of the Speaker, Lumumba congratulated the MPs for successfully completing the training and urged them to use the skills attained to become better legislators.
“It is my expectation that you will become better legislators and recast our legislative priorities to address real issues that affect our people by engaging in an orderly, professional and objective approach to the consideration of matters that shall come under our deliberation in the House,” Among said in her message presented by Hon. Lumumba.
As a presiding officer, Among is buoyant that this training seminar will sprout efficiency, reliability and effectiveness among MPs in handling parliamentary business.
“We are hopeful that the 11th Parliament shall have better and informed processes of legislation and there shall be improved performance of members both individually and collectively,” she said.
During the three day seminar, MPs were trained on various topics to enhance their knowledge on legislative process, social and leadership potency such as parliamentary procedures and practices, ethics, integrity and conflict of interest in the legislature, management of personal finances and public speaking among other topics. According to the Clerk to Parliament, Hon. Adolf Mwesige, the seminar is just a precursor of more seminars that Parliament intends to organize for MPs in the near future. The former MP and minister with over 25 years’ experience in parliamentary business urged the MPs to use their positions to influence and mobilize their communities into income generating projects to enhance their livelihoods.
“The work of a parliamentarian especially in context of a developing country like Uganda is not only about mastering the parliamentary procedures and practices, but also involves the mobilization of your constituents for improvement of household incomes and development of communities in general,” he said.
He urged MPs to exercise high levels of self-discipline, financial literacy and avoid situations which will compromise their social standing in the communities.