The Speaker of the National Assembly Moses Wetang’ula has been re-elected as Africa bloc representative in the Standing Committee of the Conference of Speakers and Presiding officers of the Commonwealth (CSPOC).
Speaker Wetang’ula was appointed by consensus to serve the second term due to his exceptional leadership ability. The Speaker was re-elected during the Africa Region Geo-political meeting held at the sidelines of the CSPOC in Kampala, Uganda.
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Notably, the Africa region has three representatives in the CSPOC Standing Committee hence Wetang’ula will represent Africa along with the Speaker of Ghana and the Speaker of the Kingdom of Eswatini.
The Speaker of Uganda automatically remains the chairperson for the reason of having hosted the conference as stipulated in the rules of CSPOC that the host Speaker remains a member of the Standing Committee for institutional memory.
The Standing Committee of the CSPOC is mandated to propose Draft Agenda for discussion in the next Conference; review standing rules and consider financial matters of CSPOC; and decide dates, venues and procedures for the next Conference.
During the meeting, participants discussed emerging issues affecting the Africa continent in particular climate change effects, legislation affecting the Africa clusters, unity in Africa as well as nomination of African Representatives to the Standing Committee of CSPOC.
Wetang’ula, together with his Senate Counterpart, Amason Jeffa Kingi attended the 27th CSPOC convention held at the Commonwealth Resort Munyonyo, Uganda.
The convention which attracted thirty-three Speakers and Presiding Officers from more than 25 Commonwealth Parliaments across the globe addressed an array of issues affecting Parliaments both in plenary and committees geared towards enhancing Parliamentary Democracy.
During the convention, Speaker Wetang’ula delivered a high-level keynote address on climate change, a topic he is passionate about and was highly recognized and commended by the forum attendees.
“As Parliaments, we have the power of legislation. Our Parliaments therefore need to keep pace with the fast-transforming world where the philosophy of green competition is gaining traction and is going to determine growth and development of the future,” said Wetang’ula.
Wetang’ula stated that it was critically important to safeguard natural resources for a proper eco-system existence in a natural manner.
The Conference was opened by the President of the Republic of Uganda Yoweri Museveni who told Speakers to consider formulation of positive legislations that are focused on developing the continent. CSPOC operates on a two-year cycle, holding a conference every two years. The next host for the 28th biennial conference was elected to be the Parliament of India in January 2026.