MPs urged to take the lead in conflict resolution

African countries have been tasked to strengthen institutions that can resolve unending conflicts in the Eastern Africa region.

The Speaker of the Ethiopian National Parliament, Ato Abadula Gemeda, gave the counsel at the Regional Parliamentary Meeting on the Promotion, Ratification and Domestication of African Union Legal Instruments for the Eastern Africa in Ethiopia.

Gemeda says the region is currently facing challenges in peace and security, hence need for bodies like Parliament to foster processes to build stronger democratic institutions that will play a key role in conflict resolution.

He adds that MPs should coordinate and promote the ratification, domestication and popularization of African Union instruments at both the regional and international levels.

During the same meeting, the vice chairman of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee, Stephen Baka called for support to the Pan African Parliament, noting that a transformed continental parliament with legislative functions will be better positioned to tackle hindrances to development on the continent.