Five Members of Parliament representing Uganda at the Pan African Parliament (PAP) have been sworn following their appointment by their respective political parties and approval by the Parliament of Uganda on 24th May 2021.
PAP is a continental institution based in Midrand, South Africa established to provide a platform for people from all African states to be involved in discussions and decision making on the problems and challenges facing the continent.
The Parliament is composed of five members per Member State that have ratified the Protocol establishing it, including at least one woman per Member State and reflecting the diversity of political opinions in their national parliament or deliberative organ.
Among the MPs include Anifa Bangirana Kawooya (NRM, Mawogola West) and Hon. Felix Okot Ogong (NRM, Dokolo South), Juliet Achayo Lodou (NRM, Ngora) and Eric Musana (Independent, Buyaga East), and Patrick Nsamba Oshabe (NUP, Kassanda North).
The five positions to the Pan African Parliament are shared out among the majority party (NRM) taking three, the official opposition party National Unity Platform (NUP) one seat and the independents one seat.
Juliet Achayo Lodou (NRM Ngora) said that the creation of the continental Parliament is based on the ideology of Pan Africanism which encourages the solidarity of Africans worldwide.
“We believe that unity is vital to the economic, social and political progress of people of African descent. Being in the Pan African Parliament, therefore, allows full participation of people from all African states in the development and regional integration of Africa through discussions and decision making on the challenges facing the continent,” she said.
The Members swore in at the start of the ongoing 4th Ordinary Session of the 5th Pan African Parliament, presided over by Ag. President, Chief Fortune Charumbira.
The physical Session being held 21 May – 4 June 2021 under the AU theme for 2021: “Year of the Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building Africa We Want’’ is the first physical meeting being held since early last year due to the outbreak and effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The opening ceremony held on Monday, 24 May 2021, was addressed by Ghanaian President, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who stressed the need for National Parliaments to develop the capacity to insist on accountability in all aspects of people’s lives especial in governance”.

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