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Kampala-Uganda: The Speaker of Parliament has called for a review of the constitution governing the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Uganda Branch and asked the secretariat to start Commonwealth clubs in schools.

According to Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, the current constitution is obsolete given that a lot has happened over the years that ought to be captured in the proposals being made by the CPA Uganda office.

“We also need to look at different proposals from the Africa region and international base. There are areas we have found discordant which need to be studied and addressed,” Kadaga said.

She made the remarks while officiating over the second residential workshop on performance review and strategic planning of the CPA Uganda Branch, at the Lake Victoria Serena Resort and Spa on Monday, 29 March 2021.

The Speaker told the meeting that there were several CPA activities on going regionally and internationally but Uganda had not participated effectively, and called for the meeting to assign secretariat members to participate and contribute in the online meetings and workshops.

She also tasked the meeting to continue CPA Uganda’s tree planting programme especially with the Commonwealth gardens in a bid to increase the country’s presence in the environmental improvement campaign.

“We should also have Commonwealth clubs in schools so that children keep focused and knowledgeable about the Commonwealth. Children have been part of us at many of our international meetings and we should encourage them to continue by developing other linkages at the bottom,” said Kadaga.

She commended the CPA Uganda Executive Committee and Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) for organising a conference on gender related Bills with a number of the Bills being handled by Parliament.

The Chairperson of the CPA Uganda Branch, Hon. Jalia Bintu, said the review and strategic planning exercise commissioned in October 2020 aimed at four outputs which include the CPA Uganda Branch Strategic Plan 2021 – 2025, the Legacy Report of the CPA Uganda Branch 2016 – 2021, the CPA Uganda Branch Performance Review Report 2016 – 2021 and the ideas for amending the branch constitution.

The Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige, said the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the planned activities of the CPA Africa region which limited Uganda’s participation.

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