By Stuart Bogere
KIU, Main Campus - The Parliament of the Republic of Uganda is commemorating 100 years of serving Ugandans today, 23rd March 2021, as the legislative arm of the government.
According to the Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, the evolution of the legislature has witnessed tremendous growth in mandate, size, and impact.
Speaker said that “The Legislative Council (LEGCO) at inception had seven unelected members; three were ex-officials, three were nominated, and an Indian who was not at the sitting then. All members were Europeans and it was chaired by the then Governor, Sir Robert Croydon."
While addressing the media on the milestone on Monday, 22nd March 2021, Kadaga said that Africans were not represented but progressively Ugandans have been able to take charge of their affairs.
“Currently, the 10th Parliament has 459 members as compared to the seven members of the LEGCO in 1921. We now have a widened mandate whose roles include representation, legislation, oversight, and appropriation."
She further said that Parliament shelved plans to have a week-long celebration of the 100 years due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.
“We would have loved to have a centenary celebration. However, because of the situation in the country, we cannot gather many people,” she added.
The Speaker said that the House will consider a commemorative motion on the centennial milestone and hold a photo exhibition depicting the legislature over the years.