Political Analysts, Local Politicians React to 11th Parliament Performance Rankings

Members of Parliament are seen during plenary on March 21, 2023 as the House

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  • In discussions with political analysts in Kisoro, Andrew Mugisha, a human rights defender, expressed surprise at the rankings, noting that none of the Kisoro MPs achieved average marks compared to other parliament members. He was not surprised by their low scores, attributing them to their capacities. Andrew also questioned why some long-serving and former ministers like Dr. James Buturo Nsaba and Alex Niyonsaba performed poorly.

Political analysts and local politicians have weighed in on the recently released scorecard for the third session of the 11th parliament. On June 1, 2024, the government-owned newspaper published the performance of the members of parliament.

The performance results showed the Bufumbira East legislator leading his peers from Kisoro, ranking 63rd nationwide with a score of 37. He was followed by Bukimbiri County MP Eddie Kwizera Wa-Gahungu, who was 77th with 33 points. In third place from Kisoro was the Bufumbira South legislator, Alex Niyonsaba Seruganda, ranked 151st with 19 points. The Kisoro District Woman MP and State Minister for Defence, Sarah Mateke Nyirabashitsi, was 162nd with 18 points. Kisoro Municipality MP Paul Kwizera was placed 175th with a score of 17, and finally, Bufumbira North MP John Kamara Nizeyimana ranked 513th with a score of 2. The 11th parliament has a total of 557 members.

The state-owned paper, New Vision, considered the public gallery at the parliament and evaluated the MPs based on the four constitutional roles: legislation, budget approval, oversight, and representation.

In discussions with political analysts in Kisoro, Andrew Mugisha, a human rights defender, expressed surprise at the rankings, noting that none of the Kisoro MPs achieved average marks compared to other parliament members. He was not surprised by their low scores, attributing them to their capacities. Andrew also questioned why some long-serving and former ministers like Dr. James Buturo Nsaba and Alex Niyonsaba performed poorly. He remarked that State Minister for Defence Sarah Mateke should have performed better given her ministerial status.

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Herbert Nsabimana, a senior lawyer in Kisoro district, suggested that some MPs might perform better without additional burdens and noted that some might be disadvantaged by limited speaking opportunities, unlike Kiira Municipality MP Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, who dominates the house. According to Herbert, if MPs were evaluated based on their ground presence, Sarah Mateke would rank highest, followed by Eddie Kwizera Wa-Gahungu and Dr. James Buturo Nsaba tied for second place, and Alex Niyonsaba in third. He placed John Kamara fourth and Paul Kwizera Bucyana last, suggesting that Kamara’s performance would improve if he were as active on the parliament floor as he is in the field.

Morris Hakizimana, the Kisoro District Secretary for Finance in the Youth Council, expressed dissatisfaction with the legislators’ performance. Emmanuel Ndayisaba, the Nyakinama sub-county LCV councillor, believed the rankings would be better if local conditions were considered.

Geoffrey Muhinda from the UMEME Kisoro branch explained the frequent electricity outages, attributing them to faulty lines and poor network. He assured that solutions are being implemented to address these issues. However, a staff member at Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited, who wished to remain anonymous, refuted Muhinda’s claims, asserting that the network in the area is well-connected and dismissing rumors that the connection between Kisoro and Kabale was problematic.

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