The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni has sent a powerful delegation to understudy Ghana’s democracy and electoral systems.
The 21-member delegation is already in Ghana’s capital city, Accra for a two-day benchmark study of the country’s progress and achievements in the areas of governance; including electoral administration, civic education, peace-building, security management and conflict resolution.
The delegation, led by the Ugandan Government’s Chief Whip, Madam Ruth Nankabirwa and supported by the Ugandan UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Rosa Malango, is also understudying how Ghana achieved some targets in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The team identified some areas the government of Uganda could collaborate with Ghana, including research, youth engagement and promoting national identity and values.
The rest are communicating civic duties, promoting value-based development, building on indigenous peace capacities and ensure that the SDGs played the role as oxygen for national development towards achieving the African Union’s Agenda for 2063.
Already, members of the delegation have held discussions with key governance institutions in Ghana, including the Electoral Commission, National Commission for Civic Education, National Media Commission, National Peace Council and the Police Service, as well as the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, the Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice and Special Advisor to the President on the SDGs.
Addressing a news conference in Accra on Thursday, Madam Nankabirwa, the Leader of the Delegation, said the Ugandan government sought to learn from Ghana’s success story, especially in areas of electoral management, civic education and peace-building.
“Election management has been one of the reasons we came here and civic education programming should be a continuous process and should be part and parcel of our education system and domestic programmes and should involve the youth, women and people with disability so that everyone will understand each one’s role towards nation building,” she emphasized.
By sending delegation to understudy Ghana’s democracy and electoral systems, some experts have the opinion that Museveni is planning his exit from the seat of Ugandan presidency after 33 years in power. This is because Ghana’s democracy and electoral systems is well known for peaceful and frequent change in governance and political power. Will Museveni leave power any time soon?