The European Union Delegation in Uganda in partnership with Makerere University is organising a debate on “The role of Parliament in shaping representative democracy in Uganda” to be hosted on Thursday 19th September at Makerere University
This will be in commemoration of International Day of Democracy that is celebrated on September 15th every year as established in 2007 by a resolution passed by the UN General Assembly in 2007, mainly to encourage governments to strengthen and consolidate democracy.
The event will take place in form of an invitation only morning workshop followed by an open discussion in the afternoon on topics like representativeness in the Parliament, the ability of Uganda’s representative to advance gender equality and accessibility of Parliament by the average Ugandan and the impact of media coverage on public understanding of what Parliament does and will be attended by Makerere University students and other young people from around Kampala, members of Parliament, development partners, civil society organizations and the media
Speaking at a press conference to announce the event, the EU Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Attilio Pacifici said democracy is important for each country to achieve economic and social growth
“Democracy grows and becomes resilient only once it is truly owned by the citizens. It is crucial that each Ugandan is given equal treatment so they can participate fully in Democratic processes” he said
The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe while giving his remarks said the University will be honored to host an event that advances democracy in the country
“It is important for the youth to be involved in democracy and governance programmes.
As Makerere University, we are proud to partner with the European Union Delegation to provide an opportunity for young active people to engage in Democratic dialogue and enable collective impact,” he said.
The event will involve presentations from Reagan Wamajji from Parliament Watch, Emmanuel Wabwire, from Faraja Africa Foundation, Lydia Namubiru, a private researcher and senior journalist and Marion Kirabo, a member of Makerere University student Guild