Hon. Okupa Elijah

Member of Parliament of the National Assembly of Uganda Hon. Okupa Elijah left the island on Thursday after holding brief talks with Hon. Speaker of the House of Assembly, Alix Boyd-Knights.

The Ugandan official who is also a member of the executive committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association discussed several matters with the Speaker of the house including plans for the upcoming CPA meeting in London next month.

“The committee meeting in London is an annual conference that brings together all Commonwealth countries, the Commonwealth Parliamentarians. It is an annual event, the one that is coming up and will mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association was founded in 1911. We are also going to have elections of the chairperson and treasurer. The position of treasurer is for three years. At the moment, it is held by a Minister from Malaysia.”

Hon. Speaker of the House of Assembly, Alix Boyd Knights

Hon. Speaker of the House of Assembly, Alix Boyd Knights, is no stranger to the CPA elections and will attend the London meeting next month.

“Last year, I was privileged to have been elected Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Association and this year, is the turn of the general body to elect somebody. The CWP feels very strongly that this year, in as much as the theme for the entire conference is ‘Women as Agents for Change’, now is the time to elect a woman as chairperson. If either of the two women who are running are elected, that person would only be the second woman in one hundred years to be elected to that high position.”