Uganda: Members of Parliament complete three day training seminar – African Business

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A three-day training seminar was held by the Parliamentary Members. It was the first such event since the May 2021 inauguration of the 11th parliament.

The Minister for General Duties, Hon., officially closed the induction seminar that began on 15 June 2022 and ended at Imperial Royale Hotel on Friday, 17 Juni 2022. Justine Kasule Lumumba, on behalf of Speaker Anita Among.

The training seminar is part the intervention towards continuous improvement of the quality of output as well as overall efficiency and effectiveness for MPs.

Lumumba, on behalf of Speaker, congratulated the MPs on completing the training. He encouraged them to use their skills 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 officers, it is hoped that this seminar will increase efficiency, reliability, effectiveness, and professionalism 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.

The three-day seminar provided MPs with training on various topics to improve their knowledge about the legislative process, social, and leadership power, such as parliamentary practices and procedures, ethics and conflict of interest in parliament, management of personal finances, public speaking, and management of personal financial accounts, among others.  

According to Hon. Adolf Mwesige stated that this seminar is only a preview of other seminars that Parliament will organize for MPs in the 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 not to compromise their social standing by displaying high levels of self-discipline and financial literacy.

Rt Hon. Robinah Nabbanja called for MPs’ collective support in the successful implementation of the Parish Development Model, the ‘last mile’ strategy by government to drive over 10 million Ugandans who are currently in subsistence economy into the money economy.   

“We must deal with poverty and increase household incomes. When people’s livelihood are improved then pressure on MPs to meet demands of the voters will reduce. We have no other choice but to use media and other forums to communicate to people the importance of this game-changer. As MPs, let us support PDM irrespective of our political affiliations,” Nabbanja said.

Dr. Peter Kimbowa was the financial and business consultant who attracted the full attention of MPs earlier in the session. He addressed them on personal finances management, an area that many have missed. Dr. Kimbowa listed what he termed as “financial sins” that many MPs engage in leaving them financially handicapped.

Financial sins include being too confident with money, succumbing under pressure, investing in assets instead of liabilities, having a high debt burden, and having many assets that are not being used.

“As MPs, you need to look for some other sources of income which can support your operational activities in the constituency. You can’t rely on salary. And don’t hold assets which you don’t need. You will be asset rich, but cash poor,” Kimbowa said.

He advised them against excessive borrowing and spending.

He appealed to MPs and the general public to instill a culture of savings. Ugandans have an average saving rate that is only 6% of their income. This is a far cry from the savings rates in Tanzania and Kenya, which are about 14% and 22% respectively.

Distributed by APO Group for Parliament of the Republic of Uganda

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