Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has called upon Ugandan journalists and media to stop publishing negative stories about the country ahead of the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) that will be hosted in Kampala between September 22nd and 29th this year.
Kadaga who was speaking to media editors during a breakfast meeting on Friday last week at Africana Hotel said that the negative stories will not only affect the government but common Ugandans who sell consumables and products to foreigners.
“Negative stories in the media will not only affect the government but it also affects Ugandans who sell consumables to these people when they come here. We expect revenue from participants at the conference. For example, all of them will pay for their accommodation. They will also visit our tourist sites,” Kadaga said in part.
She said that the upcoming Parliamentary conference will bring a lot of benefits as many delegates will be flocking the country to attend and called upon media to tell stories that will position Uganda to reap from the Conference.
“Guests will visit national parks while others will consider investing in Uganda and this will boost our economy,” She added.
Kadaga is expected to host the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference as the reigning president designate (2018-2019) of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Uganda Branch. It will be the second time that Uganda hosts the conference as it was first held in Kampala in 1967.
The conference this year is hosted under the theme “Adaption, engagement and evolution of Parliaments in a rapidly changing Commonwealth,” and it is intended to bring together over 500 parliamentarians across the 54 Commonwealth countries.
Topics of discussion will center on Climate change, Youth unemployment, Role of Parliaments in facilitating people with disabilities and the Challenge of Urbanization among others.
Additional reporting by Akram Sempijja