Parliament Launches Bill Tracking App
Parliament has launched an application that will among others help the public track proposed Bills and directly submit petitions for consideration.
The Speaker Rebecca Kadaga launched the web-based and mobile application named ‘Uganda Bungeni’ at the on-going parliament week departmental exhibitions. Bungeni is a Swahili word meaning ‘inside parliament’. Parliament Week is held under the theme “Building a Strong Democracy in Uganda”.
Fred Bbaale, the Director of Parliament’s Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Department said that the new application will enable the public participate in legislation by viewing and providing input in the legislative process through what he termed as the Bills and Petition Tracking System.
Under Bill tracking, any member of the public can be able to track and view the status and progress information of the Bill from its first reading to assent by the President.
Under the petitions module, a member of the public can view lists of petition and their status in parliament and can also submit general petitions for consideration.
Speaker Kadaga said that the application which currently has two core functionalities including bill tracking and handling petitions, will in the near future be used to provide parliament online radio since the institution is yet to secure a frequency for its planned radio.
She says that this will increase parliament’s engagement with the public as parliament awaits a radio frequency.