Africa Leadership Institute (AFLI) evaluates the performance of Uganda’s house of parliament and it’s legislators for the 3rd year of the 10th parliament (2018-2019)African Leadership Institute
Kampala, Uganda – AFLI in collaboration with Uganda Management Institute (UMI) and FIT Insights, with support from the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) is launching a new Parliamentary performance Scorecard for 2018-2019 at the New Vision premises in Kampala on 23rd July 2020.
Uganda’s legislature and it’s Members of Parliament’s performance in the 3rd year session has greatly improved. It’s institutional performance is rated as good with an overall score of 60%. According to AFLI’s assessment criteria, this is not very good and not certainly excellent. In performance of it’s legislative function, Uganda’s Parliament scored 60.56%, and performed relatively poor-er in it’s Representation and Appropriation roles scoring 50.81% and 53.72% respectively. This means that, the 3rd year Parliamentary Session, in discharging it’s responsibilities to represent the citizens of Uganda-for example: in raising and addressing matters of national concern, asking questions to ministers, raising petitions of public complaints, attendance and debate levels in Plenary and also scrutinizing and taking budgetary decision, left a lot to be desired.
However, the House performed very well in it’s oversight role-gaining 73.46% score according to our assessment criteria. This was very good performance, although it did not reach an excellent mark of 75% and above. Under Exemplary Leadership, the House performed moderately good at 60.47%. Despite having some very poor performance, the 3rd year Session of Parliament nonetheless is credited for some significant achievements or triumphs that are laudable. In instances where the House demonstrated courage, independence and acted in the best interest of citizens in the discharge of its duties, Parliament scored 79%. Parliament is also commended (applauded) in areas where there is evidence of its performance being rated very well (65 %+ scores) or excellent (75 %+ scores). It is in these areas as contained in the scorecard being launched, that Parliament is urged to improve and/or maintain it’s performance.
These findings have been extracted from a research study that was conducted from June 2018-May 2019 and analysed over the past year by AFLI. The forthcoming report titled, “Parliamen-tary Scorecard 2018-2019: Assessing the Performance of Uganda’s Legislators” –the first of the three years’ Scorecards to be produced during the last half of the 10th Parliament of Uganda– will be launched today at the NEW VISION GROUP premises in Kampala.
Building upon AFLI’s pilot Scorecard produced during the final year of the 7th Parliament (2004-2005), and the subsequent 5 years scorecards of the 8th Parliament of Uganda from 2006-2011, this publication is distinctive in that it offers a more balanced, evidenced based, and transparent information of how MPs perform in plenary sessions, Parliamentary Committees and in their respective constituencies including attendance of their respective District Local Council meetings where they are supposed to be ex-official members under the Local Government Act (2007). It relied on information collected from official secondary and primary sources such as documentary and audio-video recordings from Plenary, and Committee sittings of Parliament and respective Constituencies of MPs.
By placing in the hands of citizens, evidenced based information, the Scorecard Project empowers citizens to make informed choices at election time, to monitor performance of their elected representatives on a regular basis and to hold them publicly accountable.
According to AFLI’s Executive Director and Principal Investigator, Hon. David Pulkol , “It is important for voters to be able to follow, monitor and objectively assess, on the basis of verifiable information, the performance of their own elected MPs and Parliament as an important governance institution in the country”.
Hon. Pulkol further says that, “Since the distance between citizens and leaders in authority is wide, their decisions and actions taken behind closed doors, and their reports (Hansard), coded in a language not easily understood by the ordinary citizens, AFLI in partnership with UMI have come in to bridge the gap to simplify and make this information available for ordinary citizens to understand the performance of their MPs.”