African Governance Architecture holds National Stakeholders Workshop in Kampala, Uganda.
The stage is set for Uganda’s National Stakeholders Workshop on the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) taking place at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala, Uganda.
Although, 46 AU Member States have signed, 34 have ratified while 6 have neither signed nor ratified the ACDEG charter. Uganda signed on 16 Dec 2008.
Objectives of this National Stakeholders Workshop include:
1. Fast track the ratification process of ACDEG Charter including designating National Focal Points in Uganda.
2. Enhance capacity for national stakeholders to organise and centrally facilitate nationwide awareness.
3. The workshop also seeks to create awareness about the role of continental, regional and national stakeholders in the promotion, ratification & implementation of ACDEG Charter
The Uganda National Stakeholders Workshop on ACDEG will be graced by Hon David Bahati, Min. Of State for Finance, Planning & Economic Development.
The event officially kicked of with Dr Matlosa Khabele, the Director of African Union Commission – Department of Political Affairs, giving his remarks.
In his speech, Dr Matlosa said; “To strengthen Africa’s democratisation trajectory, and consolidate gains so far, AU heads KFC State adopted ACDEG on January 30 2007.
The charter ensures that there is a common African understanding and standard for democratic governance that enhances the quality of elections, promoted human rights, strengthen the rule of law.
The Charter has been the impetus for various policy and institutional initiatives at the continental regional and national levels.
Specifically Aspiration 3 of our continental development blueprint – Agenda 2063 which envisages an Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights.
The absence of universal ratification, as well as varying degrees of domestication by State parties to the Charter, puts a big question mark on the continent’s efforts at ensuring popular participation the in the culture of democracy.
The responsibility of signing and ratifying the charter is a shared responsibility with the state and Civil Society and all concerned.
We have enjoyed unprecedented collaboration in convening this workshop with the African Review Peer Mechanism and Governing Council of Uganda, Jumuiya Press.
At the African Union Commission, through the African Governance Architecture, it is our honour to jointly work with the government of Uganda, towards the fulfillment of it’s continental obligations as outlined in the Charter for a transformed & democratic country.”
Dr Matlosa Khabele also presented a speech on Understanding ACDEG, it’s evolution, objectives, principles and commitments.
He further revealed that super National Bodies do not have more power than the national processes.
He said; “Sovereignty is a big issue for us at at the African Union.
The ACDEG charter historically originates from: – Collapse of Cold War globally – Transformation of OAU to AU – Democratic Transitions in Africa.
Governance Trends on the continent: Democratic governance has now been institutionalized and undemocratic forms of governance are not tolerated.
Another governance trend on the continent: Multiparty political systems have successfully replaced one party/one man systems.
Mismanagement of diversity in Africa still remains wherein ethnicity is politicized and politics is ethnicized.”
The State Obligations and Mechanisms of Application under ACDEG was presented by Rizzan Nasuna, a Democracy Assessment and Governance Expert.
Rizzan Nasuna took time to explain crucial points on what the State Obligations for ACDEG are.
She said; “States are to take legislative, executive and administrative actions to ensure that national laws are in line with the principles.
States are obligated to ensure wider dissemination of the Charter and all relevant legislations among the citizens and other stakeholders.
States are obligated to Promote political will as a necessary condition for the attainment of the goals of the charter.”
The event is slated to hod for two days consecutively.