The Nnabagereka of Buganda, Lady Sylvia Nagginda, has asked parliamentarians attending the ongoing 126th Inter Parliamentary Union Assembly to use their power to hold governments accountable to their commitments to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
“Because parliaments are the voice of the people, I urge you not to allow your voice to be silenced. Use it as you have done, to sustain action and advance peaceful and equitable development for our nations,” she said, adding, “Use your legislative and oversight power to hold governments accountable to their commitments to achieve the MDGs.”
The Nnabagereka hosted delegates, spouses and accompanying persons to a luncheon at the Lubiri Palace in Mengo, Kampala. The luncheon followed a tour of cultural and tourist sites in Buganda, including the Lukiiko (Parliament) and Central Broadcasting Service (CBS) radio – located at the Kingdom’s administrative building in Mengo.
Buganda is located in the central part of Uganda. Its people, the Baganda form the biggest ethnic group in Buganda, whose cultural head is the Kabaka (King) Ronald MuwendaMutebi II.
“Democracies mature and thrive best where parliaments are robust and support the rule of law. Democracies thrive best where parliaments are responsive to the ordinary peoples’ needs,” she said.
The Nnabagereka emphasized the importance of cultural institutions in solving current problems and contributing to development. She said that Buganda Kingdom aims to contribute to socio economic development and that her foundation, the Nnabagereka Development Foundation, has over the past ten years engaged in advocacy programmes linked to the attainment of the MDGs – in particular Goals 3, 4, 5, and 6 that focus on attaining gender equality, empowering women, reducing child mortality, improving maternal mortality and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
She said that people need to pay attention to their cultures if they are to grow and achieve vibrant and prosperous communities.
“Let us turn culture into an instrument of fostering harmony, peace, progress and prosperity rather than division. Let us be proud of our diverse cultures and celebrate that diversity by enriching each other and emphasizing our common humanity (Obuntu),” she said.
She said that by appealing to the altruistic and inspirational values common to many cultures across the world, the IPU brings together people of diverse nationalities, disciplines and backgrounds.
Buganda’s Kattikkiro (Prime Minister) and Lukiiko (Parliament) Speaker addressed the delegation about the history of Buganda Kingdom, which has been in existence for about 800 years; and the composition and functions of Parliament, which has no divisions based on political parties.
The 126th Inter Parliamentary Union Assembly is being held under the theme: Parliaments and People: Bridging the Gap.