Professor Fredrick Sempebwa, a constitutional lawyer and don agreed. He said a powerful party leader is one who persuades members through caucuses to support government policies. Sempebwa however warns that this undermines Parliaments role to check the executive.
According to Wacha, caucusing in Parliament has placed the role of MPs under the spotlight. Wacha says party caucuses have in a way stifled individual merit in Parliament, yet the electorate expects more from their representatives.
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Wacha was presenting a paper, 'The role of Parliament in national government' during a Post-Election Induction Seminar for legislators in the 10th Parliament in Kampala.
Professor Fredrick Sempebwa, a constitutional lawyer and don agreed. He said a powerful party leader is one who persuades members through caucuses to support government policies.
Sempebwa however warns that this undermines Parliament's role to check the executive. "It would degrade the efficiency of checks and balances for the majority party to always finalize parliamentary business in a party caucus and proceeds to Parliament for a rubber stamp," he says.
However, David Mpanga, a lawyer at Kampala Associated Advocates says the Executive and Parliament must work together to implement government programs.
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The Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, who opened the five-day workshop, noted that the new MPs require capacity building to learn the work of Parliament. She further said Parliament must at all times oversee the work of government in order to deliver its mandate to the electorate.
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