The European Union and Makerere University have organized a debate that will brainstorm on the role of parliament in shaping representative democracy in Uganda.
Addressing journalists on Monday, Makerere Vice-Chancellor, Prof.Barnabas Nawangwe said the debate will part of the celebrations to mark the International Democracy Day.
“Such debates are healthy for promotion of democracy in the country. They breed future leaders who will be able to understand the concept of democracy as they become leaders of the country,”Nawangwe said.
He said such debates can be used by seasoned politicians to pick a point or two which is healthy for democracy of the country.
According to the Makerere University Vice-Chancellor, the debate will help participants debate and give their views about democracy from an informed point of view, a thing he said will help them understand better the concept of democracy.
He noted that such debates have in the past put the Makerere flag high as a research institution.
The European Union Ambassador to Uganda, Attilio Pacifici said such debates are health for countries like Uganda as they strive to understand better the concept of democracy.
“Democracies today face many challenges as countries seek answers to serious questions about how their system of government can adapt in a complex and fast-changing world,”Pacifici said.
He noted that in Uganda, as is the case with many other countries, representative democracy and the role played by parliament are important in understanding the concept of democracy.
The EU ambassador to Uganda noted that during the debate, participants will be able to give their candid views on democracy and the suggestions for improvement.
The debate to be held on Thursday, September 19 at Makerere University under the theme, “The role of Parliament in shaping representative democracy in Uganda.”