THOSE INVOLVED IN ORGANIZING THE INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION SHOULD SAVE UGANDA ANOTHER CHOGM TYPE OF SHAME
Uganda is in the international press for corruption related scandals. Those involved in this conference preparation hopefully will not take our shame further. It is ridiculous for people with braims and good understanding in this era to be involved in corruption related scandals of the magnitude we see in Uganda. They don't mind about their names. It is sad.
Uganda to host 126 Inter- Parliamentary Union conference
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By Mercy Nalugo & Sheila Naturinda
Posted Tuesday, December 20 2011 at 18:23
The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga has this Tuesday announced the Inter-Parliamentary Union (ICP) assembly is to be hosted in Uganda on April 5, 2012.
The conference according to Ms Kadaga will among others discuss the political, social and economic situation in the world and maternal health.
Under the theme ”Parliament and people; Bridging the gap” Ms Kadaga explained that the assembly would discuss ways of promoting and practicing good governance as a means of advancing peace and security and drawing lessons from recent events in the Middle East and North Africa.
“The Parliament of Uganda is greatly concerned with the political events in North Africa and the Arab world in general which affect mostly women and children who are silent participants and are therefore indirectly involved in these struggles,” Ms Kadaga said.
“We are also concerned with the general abuse of human rights that has emerged as a result of these events,” Uganda was selected to host the 126 Assembly of Inter-Parliamentary Union to be held in Kampala.
The governing council of the Inter-party Union at its 185th session in Geneva in 2009 approved Uganda as the host of the assembly and related meetings.
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Parliament of Uganda is a member of the IPU.
“The main item on the agenda of the 126th assembly of the IPU will be access to health as a basic right and the role of Parliaments in addressing key challenges to securing the health of women and children,” Ms Kadaga said.
She noted that Uganda’s maternal rate has continued to rise at an “unacceptably high level”.
“It is expected that these discussions, the resolutions and recommendations arrived at will be aimed at saving our dear mothers, sisters and daughters. These resolutions will focus on improving health services for women and girls including antenatal care, emergency obstetrics and adequate post partum care for mothers and babies at a global level,” she said.
She said the assembly will also highlight the current economic hardships to be addressed by the relevant authorities
The IPU chairperson, budget committee, Mr Chris Baryomunsi said Parliament is to spend Shs 30billion towards financing the activities of the assembly.
The IPU chairperson, Media and Publicity committee, Mr Lulume Bayiga said the conference would bridge the gap between Parliament and the constituents.
• The IPU is the world’s largest union of national Parliaments established in 1889.It brings together 159 national parliaments, associate members, nine regional legislatures among others.
• The assembly will be held at the Common Wealth Speke Resort Munyonyo while other meetings will be held at Serena Hotel in Kampala and Imperial Royale Hotel