Saturday, May 30, 2015
Role of Government (Parliament)
On Thursday we went to the Ugandan Parliament building. We started with a tour. On the tour we found out the media has access to parliament. Journalists are sent to parliament sessions to report news to the public, but they are made sure to be held accountable for what they write. It was interesting to find out that an object called a "mace" must be present for a parliament session to occur. A committee structure is used in parliament. Each committee has a chair person and a vice chair person who leads the session. Motions are made to speak about a subject. I was surprised and happy to find that women are treated as equals in Uganda's parliament. The speaker of parliament, also known as the chair person, is actually a woman. After the tour we were able to ask a member of parliament questions we had, and after we did that we were able to sit on a parliament session. It became obvious, while sitting in on a session, that the Ugandan parliament is very corrupt. What do you think about the high amount of corruption in parliament? What are some examples of corruption that you witnessed?