The European Union Delegation to Uganda on Thursday September 19th 2019 celebrated International Democracy Day 2019 by organizing an event on “The role of Parliament in shaping representative democracy in Uganda”
The engagement that was held at Makerere University attracted thousands of participants from a broad range of stakeholders including youth and students from around the country, Members of Parliament, representatives of diplomatic missions and development partners, civil society organizations and the media.
Speaking during the event, the EU Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Attilio Pacifici said “Democracies today face many challenges, as countries seek answers to serious questions about how their system of government can adapt in a complex and fast-changing world. In Uganda, as elsewhere, representative democracy, and the role played by Parliament, is an important part of these ongoing discussions,” the Ambassador remarked.
“It is crucial that every Ugandan is given equal treatment so that they can participate fully in democratic processes. That is the only way you can hold your leaders accountable,” Ambassador Pacifici added.
International Day of Democracy is celebrated around the world on September 15 every year as established by a resolution passed by the UN General Assembly in 2007, encouraging governments to strengthen and consolidate democracy.
The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe noted that it is important for youth to be involved in democracy and governance programmes.
“As Makerere University, we are proud to partner with the European Union Delegation to provide an opportunity for young, active people to engage in democratic dialogue and enable collective impact,” he added.
The International Democracy Day event also featured an open plenary discussion on four themes related to Uganda’s Parliament: Representativeness in the Parliament, the ability of Uganda’s representatives to advance gender equality, accessibility of Parliament by the average Ugandan, and theimpact of media coverage on the public’s understanding of what Parliament does.
Speakers at the event included, Marion Kirabo, a member of Makerere University Student Guild, Lydia Namubiru, a private researcher and senior journalist , Emmanuel Wabwire, from Faraja Africa Foundation and Reagan Wamajji, of Parliament Watch.
The event was facilitated by Patrick Kamara, a broadcaster and journalist with NTV.