Members of the civil society have lauded Parliament for putting in place mechanisms to involve the general public in legislative processes.
On Wednesday discussants from the academia, political parties, government institutions and Parliament participated in the Participated Stakeholders Debate, which is part of Parliament Week activities running from January 20 to 25 2020
Irene Ikomu, a celebrated lawyer dedicated to advocating for good governance and democracy in Uganda, in her presentation said Parliament is registering positive strides in taking itself closer to the public especially through the newly launched Bill tracking mobile application.
“A good place to start in trying to understand how to enhance participation of citizens is to ask what the public really need in terms engagement and participation and who does Parliament see as the public,” said Ikomu.
She added that Parliament, which is the arm of government constitutionally charged with responsibilities of legislation, oversight and budget appropriation, can do more to get even closer to the electorates.
“The launch of Bill Tracking app is a good move to register the citizen’s participation but there is room for more,” she added.
On Tuesday Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, accompanied by the Leader of Opposition, Betty Aol Ocan, Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa and ICT Committee Chairperson Annet Nyakecho and her Deputy Paul Amoru, launched the Bill tracking mobile app meant to enable citizens follow the daily proceedings of Parliament.
Kadaga said during the launch that the electronic application will make voters know what their elected legislators are contributing in the national assembly.
Parliament proceeding is covered live by several radios and Television stations across the country and beyond for the past over 10 years.