The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa, has underscored the need and importance of Post legislative scrutiny (PLS).
Tayebwa who was opening a three-month training for policy analysts from the offices of the Leader of Government Business and Leader of the Opposition on Monday, 06 June 2022, said PLS should be a core part of MPs’ mandate.
“The duty should be on us as Parliament to do post-legislative scrutiny and say since we passed this law, what has been its impact on the society? How has it been received by the community? Or how come the law is not being felt.” Said Tayebwa.
Tayebwa noted that more often Parliament has always focused on the pre-legislative process, with limited focus on operationalization and all other subsequent effects and impact of the laws passed.
“We have focused on pre-legislation and even on the side of the cabinet, I have not seen anyone doing post-legislative scrutiny,” he added.
He also mentioned that Uganda has many laws in place and there was a need to look into the laws and pick lessons and understand the strengths and weaknesses. He added that PLS will go a long way to address concerns of duplication of laws.
The Leader of the Opposition, Mathias Mpuuga underscored the importance of research in the work that Parliament does and generally. He highlighted the need for Parliament to support research which would also impact the quality of debates in Parliament.
He called for increased Human Resources that can be able to support the five hundred and twenty-nine (529) Members of Parliament.
Post-legislative scrutiny refers to the stage at which a parliament applies itself to this question: whether the laws of a country are producing expected outcomes, to what extent, and if not, why not, according to an online source.