The European Union Ambassador to Uganda, Attilio Pacifici has urged the Ugandan government to ensure equal treatment of its citizens as one of the principles of democracy.
Speaking during a debate on the role of parliament in shaping representative democracy organized by the European Union and Makerere University, Pacifici said democracies in all parts of the world face a number of challenges but noted these should never stand in the way of realization of total democracy.
“It is crucial that every Ugandan is given equal treatment so that they can participate fully in democratic processes. That is the only way you can hold your leaders accountable,” Pacifici said.
The EU ambassador to Uganda admitted that it is not an easy process for countries to realize total democracy, adding countries like Uganda are still facing challenges as they try to adapt to the complex and fast-changing dynamics of the world.
Pacifici said that in Uganda, just like in other countries parliament plays a crucial role in regards shaping representative democracy.
The debate held at Makerere University as part of the celebrations to mark the International Democracy day 2019 attracted a number of participants including youths, Members of Parliament, representatives of the diplomatic missions, development partners and civil society organisations.