Arua Woman MP elected President of IPU Youth Body
Arua Woman MP, Mourine Osoru has been elected the President of the Forum of Young Parliamentarians of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU).
Osoru was elected on Sunday, after beating competition from Russia and Zambia.
The legislator is part of the Ugandan delegation that is attending the 136th IPU Meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 1st to 5th April 2017.
Shortly after her election, Osoru said her focus would be to amplify the issues affecting youths worldwide.
“I am going to use my position as President to tackle youth challenges such as unemployment and poverty which sometimes predispose young people to being radicalized into terrorism as we have seen in some parts of the world,” Osoru said.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga expressed delight over the election of Osoru, having fronted her name for the position at the African Geopolitical Group meeting.
“I congratulate her and the youth of Uganda, the people of Arua and the NRM government for making it possible for her to be here.”
Osoru will be tasked with ensuring that youth voices are heard in the global political and decision making fora and that they actively participate in matters that affect them.
In her capacity as President, Osoru will steer a board composed of 12 persons from each of the six geo-political groups.
The President of the youth forum is elected every two years.