Five Pan African Parliament MPs Sworn In
Uganda’s representatives at the Pan African Parliament (PAP) have been sworn in as new members of the continental body.
The five members include Buyende Woman MP, Babirye Kadogo; Sembabule Woman MP, Anifa Kawoya; Dokolo South MP, Felix Okot Ogong; Agago North MP, Professor Ogenga Latigo and Ngora Woman MP, Jacqueline Amongin.
The members were sworn in during the Third Ordinary Session of the 4th Parliament sitting at Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt on October 11th 2016. The session is sitting from 10th – 19th October 2016 in Cairo.
Also sworn in today were MPs from Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Niger, Mauritania and Zambia. The Pan-African Parliament is one of the organs of the African Union and comprises five members from each of the 54 African Parliaments. Established in March 2004, the legislature has its headquarters in Midrand, South Africa.
The objectives of PAP are, among others, to promote peace, security and stability in the region; facilitate cooperation and development in Africa; promote human rights and democracy and to encourage good governance, transparency and accountability in member states.
While welcoming the new and returning members to the new session, Roger Nkodo Dang, Pan African Parliament President, tasked members to encourage member states to sign and ratify the Malabo Protocol.
Some of the provisions in the revised protocol include a move to give the continental body full legislative functions with its Members elected from outside the membership of national parliaments.
During the meeting, the Secretary General of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU), Martin Chungong, commended African Parliaments for pushing for representation of women, minorities and youths in their national assemblies.