DP Tables Proposals to Improve Parliament Debate

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According to Mao, since the problems of Uganda are known, there is need to discuss them openly to generate better ideas.

Norbert Mao, the Democratic Party President wants parliament to convene a caucus for the entire house so as to set national priorities.

He appeals to president, Yoweri Museveni and the speaker, Rebecca Kadaga to look at the proposal as an avenue to allow members of different political parties to speak on pertinent issues Ugandans would want parliament to focus on.
According to Mao, since the problems of Uganda are known, there is need to discuss them openly to generate better ideas.

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Mao also wants parliament to embrace e-petitions to get opinions from ordinary citizens about the conduct of business in the House, saying this will reduce confrontations between protesters and police.

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He argues that the pig demos at parliament are a good commentary of what some sections of the public think of parliament, which calls for self-assessment.
On Thursday, Joseph Lukwago and Ferdinand Luta, both members of the Jobless brotherhood released ten piglets at parliament to protest the proposed purchase of vehicles for legislators at Shillings 200million.

The piglets had tags in the names of the speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, her deputy Jacob Oulanyah, the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Winnie Kiiza, Muhammad Nsereko, Kampala Central MP, Kato Lubwama, Lubaga South, Muyanja Ssenyonga, Arinaitwe Rwakajala, Workers MP, Robert Kafeero Ssekitoleko, Nakifuma County MP and the Communication Director of Parliament, Chris Obore.

According to Mao, while the debate on the MP's vehicle isn't new, the difference is that in the past MPs acquired the vehicles through loans.
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Parliament is yet to comment on Mao's proposal.


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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.