THE Africa Leadership Institute this week released a report on the performance of MPs since they were sworn in, in 2006. The institute used a scorecard to assess the legislators. To measure the performance of MPs, one must first be clear about the role of a legislator.
One goal of the scorecard is to help align votersâ€™ expectations with the lawâ€™s expectations of MPs. It seeks to empower voters by both helping them to understand what their MPs should be doing and giving them the tools they need to assess whether or not their MPs are doing these things.
By law, MPs must participate in legislative, surveillance, constituency and party activities. To represent their constituents effectively, MPs must find out which issues are most important to their constituents and what stance their constituents would like them to take on those issues.
They must spend their Constituency Development Fund wisely and in ways that benefit the constituency as a whole. MPs must attend district-level meetings and ensure that the needs of their constituents are being met.
The Africa Leadership Institute was established with the aim of promoting excellence in leadership, security, good governance and sustainable development on the continent.
The Scorecard will be produced annually, culminating in a consolidated report at the end of five years. GILBERT KIDUMU gives you a closer look into the performance of the top 10 male Members of Parliament.
1. Chris Baryomunsi, Kinkizi County East, Kanungu district
Baryomunsi of NRM scored A in the plenary for 99% participation and his debate influence in parliament reached 80%. His performance on the HIV/AIDS and social services committees was graded A for 83% participation and 84% attendance.
He also scored A in constituency performance for attending 90% of the LC5 meetings, being accessible 67% of the time to his people and his services to the constituency earned him 93%.
2. West Budama County, Tororo, William Okecho, Independent
He scored A in the plenary for attending 73% of sessions; his participation was 78% and had a 62% influence in the debates.
For his performance on the budget and finance committees; he was awarded A for attending 78% of the sittings, and 81% participation. His activities in his constituency also earned him an A for being accessible 67% of the time, attending 74% of LC5 meetings, his service to the constituency was at 93%, while his peers awarded him 61% for overall performance.
3. Tress Bucyanayandi, Bufumbira South, Kisoro, Independent
He scored A in Plenary sessions for 77% participation and 68% influence in the debates. His stake in the agriculture and commission committees earned him a B for 45% participation and 94% attendance. His work in Bufumbira county South also got him an A for being accessible to his people 67% of the time and offered constituency services equal to 71%.
4. Stephen Tashobya, Kajara County, Ntungamo district, NRM
He scored A in Plenary sessions; his participation was 97% and debate influence 98%.
His activities on the commissions, legal and parliamentary committees brought him to grade A following a 96% participation and an attendance of 98%. In constituency activities, he again scored an A for his work in his constituency where he was awarded 69%. He scored 78% in the MPsâ€™ evaluation.
5. Abraham Byandala Katikamu North, Luwero district, NRM
He scored A in Plenary for a 93% participation and debate influence of 73%. His efforts on the Commission and Infrastructure committees got him an A for 82% participation and 86% for attendance.
He scored B for his activities in Katikamu County North for being accessible 67% of the time, and his constituency services accorded him 80%. His peers however gave him 43% in general performance.
6. Washington Anokbonggo Kwania County, Apac, UPC
He scored A in the plenary sessions; he participated in 88% of them and influenced the debates by 74%. His performance on the committee earned him an A with a participation score of 56% and attendance of 96%. His work in Kwania County got him a B for services valued up to 90%.
7. Mathias Kasamba, Kakuuto County, Rakai District, NRM
He scored an A in plenary sessions for 95% participation and 97% debate influence. His involvement in the appointments and defense committees earned him grade A; 91% for participation and 99% attendance.
For activities in his constituency, he got grade B for constituency services where he scored 87%, but was only accessible 5% of the time. His peers gave him 91%.
8. Joseph Mugambe, Nakifuma County, Mukono, NRM
He scored grade A in plenary sessions by 60% participation and debate influence of 61%. He scored A in his involvement in the tourism, trade, and industry committee with participation of 72% and attendance of 79%. In constituency activities he scored A for attending 95% of LC5 meetings and with constituency services at 80%. Peer assessment was 26%.
9. Adyeeri Mukitale, Buliisa, NRM
He scored grade A in plenary sessions owing to 88% participation and 77% debate influence. His involvement on the national economy business and natural resources committees accorded him grade A for 78% participation and attendance 75%. In constituency activities he was awarded B for constituency services worth 69% and 35% for accessibility. His peers awarded him 63%.
10. Anthony Yiga, Kalungu West, Masaka district, NRM
He got grade A in plenary sessions for 79% participation and 83% influence in the debates. His performance on the local government and public service committees was graded A for 86% participation and 98% attendance. He scored B for constituency services of 69%, and 35% accessibility. Overall percentile peer assessment was 90%.
Best performing legislators in Parliament