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By Mulengera Reporter

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has told the Commonwealth Conference on Inclusive Politics that Uganda had made strides in promoting political inclusion.

In his presentation on inclusive politics in practice at the London Conference on March 04, Oulanyah told delegates that the east African nation ranked among the top Commonwealth countries in representation of marginalized groups.

Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah making a presentation on Political Inclusiveness in Practice on 4 March 2020 during a conference in London

“Uganda goes an extra step by creating district representation specifically for women. Women, youth and people with disabilities (PwDs) are at the heart of our laws,” he said. “The Constitution provides for representation of special interest groups of women, youth, workers, the army and persons with disabilities in Parliament.”

He added that the Uganda Parliament had introduced a certificate of gender equity to ascertain the gender compliance of ministries, departments and government, as a way of promoting fairness.

“We may not be at 100 per cent in implementation but you will agree that such representations are a result of favorable laws,” said Oulanyah.

At the Conference that focused on inclusive politics in practice in parliaments and local governments, Oulanyah also took on Kenyan MP Timothy Amwayi Aseka who claimed that he had beheld a huge gap in representation of PwDs on his visit to Uganda.

“PwDs’ representation starts from village council level to Parliament,” Oulanyah responded to Aseka’s claim.

Westminster Foundation Chief Executive Officer Anthony Smith emphasized Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy’s determination to continue holding leaders accountable and pushing for citizens’ inclusion in the political leadership of their countries.

On his part, UK Commonwealth Envoy Philip Parnum applauded leaders for progress made in achieving commitments made in Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (Chogm) as well as those on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“We are very proud to be part of this project to make a change for women and the marginalised,” said Parnum during the conference that also reviewed how communities are addressing inclusion in politics using the updated Commonwealth Parliament Association benchmarks for Democratic Legislature.

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