Not All Decisions Require Caucusing-Former MP

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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.

Ben Wacha, the former Oyam North Member of Parliament has implored legislators in the tenth parliament to strike a balance between submitting to individual and party decisions.




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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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.