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The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among has challenged Members of Parliament to strive to leave a footprint by making the 11th Parliament one of the most effective, responsive, and pro-people post-independence Parliaments.

She emphasized the need for lawmakers to conduct research while carrying out their core roles of legislation, oversight, and appropriation saying that it will the MPs to articulate issues both nationally and internationally.

Among made the remarks while officiating at a three-day training workshop for Members of the 11th Parliament at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala on 15 June 2022.

The three-day training workshop is part of the interventions devised by the Parliamentary Commission towards continuous improvement in the quality of output and the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the legislature as an institution, and Members of Parliament as individuals.

The training is categorized into three major thematic areas; Parliament and governance, Parliamentary Practices and Procedure, Soft skills, and Parliamentary processes.

The training seeks to boost MP’s understanding, appreciation, and application of the Constitution and other relevant legal provisions upon which their mandate is anchored and the rules of procedure which is the guide for our Parliamentary processes and parliamentary practices.

The Speaker underscored the need for lawmakers to keep abreast with the Rules of Procedure, saying that it will enrich their input in the legislative process.

Additionally, Among told the MPs that quality is an outcome of consistent application of high standards in our work as legislators and it is high standards that we seek through this training.

She also implored the MPs to work together in unity, irrespective of their political parties, gender, religion, and ethnic groups.

“This should be a uniting Parliament that is aimed at ensuring that they deliver what is expected of them,’ said Among.

The Speaker reminded the MPs that they are role models and should, therefore, conduct themselves in a manner that is Honorable.
“So many people out there are watching how we behave and legislate. As role models, we must really work as role models in everything we do,” Among said.

She concluded by calling for cooperation between the Legislature, Executive, and Judiciary saying that this will aid the appreciation of the structures and processes of the state.