Speaker of Parliament of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has said Uganda’s democracy has improved over the years since the country hosted the first Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in 1967.
Kadaga made the remarks on Thursday during the official opening of the event involving 63 Commonwealth member nations.
“You are welcome to the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, which Uganda is extremely proud to host again. The country last played host to the 13th gathering of Commonwealth Parliamentarians in 1967,” said Kadaga.
She noted that Kenya has hosted the same conference three times and Uganda is closely following suite.
“The fact that it has taken 52 years to host this conference again might reflect the struggles Uganda’s fledgling democracy faced in the past. But those dark days are long behind us. We have since evolved to become one of the reliable members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), internationally and regionally,” noted Kadaga.
Kadaga added that the 64th CPC came to Uganda because of the significant improvement in democracy.
The Speaker, who is currently the President-designate of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, said that she excited to host over 1,000 delegates from Africa, Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Australia, America and British Islands.
“As the President-designate of the CPA 2018-2019, I am excited to welcome delegates and legislators from the Commonwealth regions across the different continents. We have National, State, Provincial and territorial legislatures represented here,” said Kadaga.
The event, taking place at the Commonwealth Resort Munyonyo, started on September 22nd 2019 and is scheduled to close on Sunday this week.