“The number of full cabinet Ministers now stands at 14 out of 31 constituting 45.2 percent and the State Ministers are 24 out of 50 making it 48 percent," said UWOPA Chairperson Kamugo. "As a country and women, we are happy that Uganda is making progress towards gender parity which the country made commitments to under the AU African charter on election, democracy and governance.”
Members of Parliament under the Uganda Woman Parliamentary Association –UWOPA
have appeal to women appointed to cabinet positions to champion the fight
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Chairperson Pamela Kamugo who is the Budaka Woman MP, UWOPA members addressed Journalists at
Parliament shortly after the approval of Jessica Alupo and Robinah Nabbanja as
Vice President and Prime Minister respectively.
Alupo and Nabbanja
are among the women that President Yoweri Museveni appointed to top Cabinet last
week. The others are Kamuli Woman MP Rebecca Kadaga as the First Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister for East African Community, Lukia Nakadama as Third
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister without Port-folio and others.
Reacting to the appointments, UWOP Chairperson Kamugo expressed
trust in the female appointed as Ministers and appealed to them to spearhead
the country’s fight against corruption.
She appealed to the appointed women to be at the
forefront of fighting corruption.
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Santa Alum, the Oyam Woman MP said that women are less corrupt
and she is confident that those appointed into cabinet will be able to fight
corruption to ensure smooth service delivery to Ugandans.
Women legislators also applauded President Museveni for
appointing women in Cabinet and also ensuring that these form part of the top
Agnes Kunihira, the Worker’s representative said that
appointment of women in these offices is a vote confidence in the women of Uganda.
“Their appointment means skills, people like
Alupo and Nabbanja have been in cabinet before, Alupo as Minister of Education
and Nabbanja as State Minister of Health, these two sectors are very crucial
sectors, so we are looking forward to having the two push for proper funding of
these critical sectors,” she added.
Lucy Akello, the Amuru Woman MP also appealed
to the appointed women to continue working closely with UWOPA to ensure
protection of girl and women rights.
Uganda passed several gender laws like the
Public Finance and Management Act, 2015 with the provision of Gender and Equity
Certificate, the Parliament Rules of Procedure reserving 40 percent leadership
positions for women at parliament among other laws.
“The number of full cabinet Ministers now
stands at 14 out of 31 constituting 45.2 percent and the State Ministers are 24
out of 50 making it 48 percent," said Kamugo. "As a country and women, we are happy that
Uganda is making progress towards gender parity which the country made
commitments to under the AU African charter on election, democracy and
UWOPA now seeks to have more women appointed
as Chairpersons and Vice Chairpersons on different Committees of Parliament.
established during the 5th Parliament (1989-1994) is a caucus comprising of
female Members of Parliament but also open to male members as associates or
horary members. It aims at engendering the legislative process, creating
awareness campaigns and encouraging lobbying and advocacy.