Parliamentary Caucus now seeks Collaboration with AU and other Regional Bodies in the Fight Against Graft
A top Continental Parliamentary Caucus Against Corruption has called for collaboration with relevant organizations particularly the African Union, to leverage on issues of accountability, transparency, integrity and good democratic governance.
The African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (APNAC) in its board meeting chaired by the organization's President; the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Justin Muturi, further resolved to explore collaboration with other continental organizations such as Pan African Parliament, and regional bodies among them, the East African Legislative Assembly, (EALA), the Economic Monetary Community of Central Africa, (CEMAC), the Economic Community of West African States, (ECOWAS) and the South African Development Community, (SADC) to the create requisite synergies for the fight against corruption.
The organization which was holding its second board meeting since the election of Speaker Muturi to head it in March last year, believes that it is now time for legislatures across the continent to play their all-important role in emancipating the African continent from the menace of corruption.
Speaking during the opening of the 2-day meeting, Speaker Muturi observed that there is need for Parliamentarians across Africa who believe in the cause of the fight against corruption to re-energize the network through sharing of ideas, strategies and best practice to effectively make a difference on the war against graft. He called on Parliaments across the continent to embrace their national chapters of APNAC and recognize them as crucial caucuses that help strengthen capacities of African Parliamentarians to fight corruption and promote good governance.
"We call upon all Speakers of Parliaments in the African Region, in the spirit of strengthening their legislatures to fight corruption, to recognize the National APNAC chapters as a Parliamentary Caucus.", said Speaker Muturi.
He has since been tasked to contact all heads of legislatures in the region to inform them of this resolution. Further, he will be communicating the board's resolution that urges Parliaments in the region to support the activities of their APNAC National Chapters that are geared towards embracing vibrant and robust anti-corruption drives and activities in partnership with organizations that share similar goals such as Transparency International.
The meeting also saw Kenya , Rwanda and Cameroon (with Ghana as an alternate) nominated to represent APNAC in the Global Organization of Parliaments Against Corruption (GOPAC) executive Committee.
APNAC, an affiliate of the GOPAC was founded 20 years in Uganda, in a bid to strengthen African Parliaments commitment and capacity to fight corruption.
It further aims at building the commitment and capacity of African Parliaments and Parliamentarians to ensure transparency and accountability with particular emphasis on financial matters. Members share information on lessons learned and share best practices to control and fight corruption in their countries.