Some members of Parliament have said that the 11th
parliament should focus on passing legislation that is pro-people and not focus
on what political parties want.
Parliament is expected to swear in 166 Members of Parliament
today out of the 529 MPs to the 11th Parliament.
Some MPs, new and old have said that the 11th
parliament should work for the people because it is the people who gave them mandate
and not focus so much on the parties.
Christine Apolot, a newcomer and Woman MP Kumi says that
although she came under the National Resistance Movement (NRM), the people are
key and she will not take all the decisions of NRM, but what the people want.
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Betty Aol Ochan, the Gulu Woman MP after swearing-in says
that it is time to see a return to constitutionalism not state rule and
persecution of citizens. She also says that Parliament should legislate for the
People and not the interest of individuals.
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Dan Kimosho Atwijukire, the Kazo MP and an NRM party member said that
during the NRM retreat in Kyankwanzi, they were taught that you can
respectfully disagree with the party. He says Uganda is bigger than a party.
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Meanwhile some MPs say they will focus on implementing the Government proposals like the Parish model.
Jessica Alupo, the Katakwi Woman MP on her part says that it
has been humbling being outside of Parliament for the past five years, but says
now she hopes to put her focus on the growth of her people. She says she hopes
to take government programs like the parish model to the ground. Alupo, a former Minister of Education and Sport says she has deeply understood the requirements of the
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New Isingiro West MP, Reuben Arinaitwe said that since it’s a new term for
him, he hopes to focus on implementing government programs like the Parish model that will see each parish get 30 million shillings.
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Anita Among, the Bukedea Woman MP says that her role this term will be to focus on poverty alleviation in her area.
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On several occasions, MPs have been left at crossroads when they have to decide between what their parties demand for and what their constituents want. When they deferred with their party, for instance, some NRM MPs were branded rebel MPs and were faced with eviction from the Party for the stand against party decisions.