News & Up­dates:

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.