The Leader of the Opposition (LOP) in Parliament Betty Aol Ocan, has decried the low staffing levels in her office, which she said undermines effectiveness.
Ocan, who was opening a two day retreat for Members of the Shadow Cabinet at the Imperial Golf Hotel, Entebbe on Friday, said there was need to raise the staff levels in the office.
“The issue of staff is very critical. The last time I discussed it with the Speaker of Parliament was two weeks ago, but she [Speaker] said no to more staff,” she said.
Earlier, the Director, Office of the Leader of the Opposition, Ruth Ekirapa Byoona, said that the department has only ten policy analysts yet they need to deploy them and cover all committees of Parliament.
The policy analysts are part of the 23 staff currently attached to LOP’s office. The other staff are administrative assistants, assistant secretaries and office assistants.
“The technical staff are only 10 which is a very small number. They are over stretched and my prayer is that the number is doubled for efficiency,” she said.
Moses Kyaligonza, a Principal Policy Analyst in the Office of the Leader of Opposition said that they are over stretched given the limited number of staff.
“The burden we have is that we need to analyse what the government ministries come up with and make alternative policy statements,” said Kyaligonza.
He noted that because of the thin number of staff, they have decided to put more emphasis on sectoral committees since that is where most policy issues are handled.