SPEAKER of East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), Martin Ngoga has reiterated the need for effective oversight of public enterprises and corporations.
He made the remarks while meeting with two key Parliamentary Committees of the Parliament of Uganda and Parliament of Kenya respectively.
Ngoga said such institutions contributed to the success or failure of governance and in the utilization of efficient public resources for economic prosperity.
He pledged EALA’s continued collaboration with respective Partner States’ Parliaments to bring integration closer to the people.
This, the Speaker says is not just an obligation as stipulated for under the Treaty for the establishment of the EAC but a concomitant desire by the Assembly to ensure citizens fully embrace the economic bloc.
To this extent, Ngoga says deeper and more frequent consultation with respective Partner States’ Parliamentary Committees is of the essence.
At the meeting with Uganda’s Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Committees and Public Enterprises (COSASE), the leader of the delegation, Hood Katuramu reiterated the need for the pursuit of monetary policy in the region, and lauded EALA for the decision to table the East African Monetary Institute Bill, 2017 and the EAC Statistics Bureau Bill 2017, both of which sailed through the First Reading at the recent Sitting in Kampala (2nd Sitting of the 1st Session).
Katuramu further termed peace and security as the hallmark of progress saying it would enable the region to think about progress. The Meeting was attended by eight Members of the Committee and two staff Members.
The Speaker also held consultation with the select committee of the Regional Integration Committee of the Kenya National Assembly. Senator Janet Ongera led the delegation.
The Speaker informed Members that EALA had continued in its quest to pass appropriate legislation that strengthens the integration process and said the Parliaments were key stakeholders to be consulted at the public hearings and prior to enactment of Bills.
Article 65 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the EAC espouses the enhanced relations between the Assembly and the National Parliaments of the Partner States.