Uganda’s Parliamentary Speaker Wants Africa’s Travel Restrictions Lifted

By Sarah Mazirwe – Kampala, Uganda, Saturday, November 30, 2019.

Speaker of Parliament of Uganda, Hon Rebecca KadagaSpeaker and speaker of Djibouti’s National Assembly, Mohamed Ali Houmed.

The speaker of Parliament of Uganda, Hon Rebecca Kadaga has called for the lifting of travel restrictions between the various countries on the African continent. 

Kadaga said there should be more open travel within the different countries to foster development on the African continent. She called upon her fellow legislators from various countries to use their position and lobby for this initiative in their governments.

“One of the problems we still have on the continent is difficult in accessing our countries, so I think if the parliamentarians used their diplomacy to ensure their governments are deliberating on this issue,” Kadaga said.

She made these remarks during the 42nd Conference of African Parliamentary Union (APU) and 75th Session of its Executive Committee, Thursday, November 28,  2019, in Djibouti.

The conference officials confirmed to National Telegraph started on Monday, November 25, 2019, and ended on Friday, November 29, 2019, in Djibouti City, capital of Djibouti.

The legislators discussed issues relating to the promotion of democracy, peace, security & rule of law in Africa; promotion of diversified economy & local processing.

APU was formed to contribute to the strengthening of the role and prestige of the parliamentary institution in Africa, by drawing inspiration from fundamental African and universal human values.

The Agenda 2063 of African Union on African Passport and Free Movement flagship project envisions remove restrictions on Africans ability to travel, work and live within their own continent.

The initiative aims at transforming Africa’s laws, which remain generally restrictive on the movement of people despite political commitments to bring down borders with a view to promoting the issuance of visas by the Member States to enhance the free movement of all African citizens in all African countries.

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