The Leader of the Opposition Mathias Mpuuga has said that lawmakers lack debating skills and to be equipped with knowledge and information through investment in programmes.
This was revealed at the opening of a series of capacity building training sessions for policy analysts today.
According to Mpuuga, the main cause of laxity among MPs is lack of information.
What sometimes makes MPs lax is lack of information. When Members lack information, they shy away or tend to be complacent or just give in to whatever is available, Mpuuga said.
Leader of the Opposition Mathias Mpuuga then announced a roll out of training for opposition MPs on programme clusters.
Under the programme clusters, Opposition MPs have been grouped into 20 sector-based clusters through which they will be supported by experts and researchers to enable them make knowledgeable contributions to debates in Parliament.
Mpuuga stated that MPs would have benefited from the services of Parliaments research department but due to logistical challenges, the department remains understaffed and cant therefore adequately serve all the 529 MPs and is the reason why they sought to build the capacity of its staff to be able to provide information that motivates MPs to participate in the Committees and matters that come up on the floor of the House.
Training will help our technical officers with the key insights that will deepen their understanding of our roles in this working environment. Our environment has a tendency of appearing to be partisan in nature but the technical officers dont enjoy that luxury, they are at the service of Parliament, and owe it to the country, he said.