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MPs Explain Why They Skip Local Meetings

Members of Parliament from the Kigezi sub region have been castigated by local leaders for skipping local council meetings in their respective constituencies and districts.

Patrick Besigye Keihwa the Kabale LC5 chairman warned of a widening gap between the MPs and locals leaders.

He says local council meetings are the only sure way that MPs can keep in touch with what’s happening in their constituencies.

According to Charles Makuru, the mayor Rukungiri Municipality some members are even invited by local leaders for meetings where important developments are being discussed but they never show up.

These concerns came out during the Parliamentary Public Outreach Programme in Kigezi Sub-Region in Kabale.

In response however, Catherine Ndamira the Kabale District woman MP said much as attending council meetings is important, MPs cannot possibly attend all of them because of other responsibilities they have in their capacities as legislators.

She noted that MPs sit on both sectoral and sessional committees of Parliament and at the same time have to attend plenary sittings and these activities take place during the week.

She therefore advised the leaders every time they have pertinent issues, to explore the option of petitioning parliament with the help of their MPs.

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Mrs. Jane Kibirige, the Clerk to Parliament also advised the local government leaders  to always draft a copy of their resolutions from the council meetings to their MPs so that they can be responded to.

At the meeting, Minister David Bahati who represented the Speaker of Parliament said the outreach to Kigezi sub-region was meant to bridge the gap between MPs and the local governments through candid interaction.

“We need this feedback and also to tell you of what we can do and where our shortcomings are; we want to strengthen the linkages between you and us,” said Bahati.

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