Uganda’s first female legislator speaks out

Uganda's first female legislator speaks out
Florence Alice Lubega, Uganda’s first female parliamentarian

Florence Alice Lubega spent Independence Day anniversary celebrations on Tuesday 9th, October 2018 quietly at her home in Kitara in Katabi town council in Entebbe municipality. The 101-year-old Lubega, who moves in a wheel chair, looks frail and weak due to old age and fistula. Lubega is the first female Ugandan legislator. She joined the Legislative Council (LEGCO) in 1957 replacing Pumla Kisosonkole.

Lubega was also the first female Ugandan to join the first parliament of independent Uganda in May 1962. According to Lubega, the Legislative Council used to sit under a tree in Entebbe.  The Council, which comprised of six members would also visit different areas of the country especially villages to play an oversight role.

Lubega told this publication that her main focus in parliament was the well being of women across the country.

Asked for her advice to Ugandans, Lubega asked them to emulate the principles on which the country was founded such as being God fearing and hard working.

She says since majority of Ugandans are involved in Agriculture, more Ugandans should be encouraged to engage in plantation Agriculture so as to improve productivity in the country. Lubega also wants Parliament to continue fighting for the well-being of the girl child.

She rallies young women to actively get involved in income generating activities like she did while still young.

Last year, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga recognized Lubega’s contribution during the celebrations of 100 years. She was taken to Parliament, which moved a motion to honor her.

Uganda's first female legislator speaks out
Florence Alice Lubega was the only woman in a 6-person Membership of the Legislative Council (LEGCO) that was held between 1958 and 1961.

Her caretaker, Luke Ssekamwa says well as Lubega is happy with her accomplishments, she struggles to get medication.

Lubega is also unhappy that government took over her two square mile farm in Kikonda along Kampala-Mubende High way without her consent.  She says her family house in Mukono was also taken over by a money lender when she failed to service a loan she acquired about 25 years ago.

She wants government to also reward her in appreciation for her work in the Legislative Council.  Born on November 5th, 1917, Lubega is a daughter of former Buganda Prime Minister, Samuel Wamala and Erina Nantongo.

She went through Namirembe Primary school, Gayaza Girls’ School, Buloba Teachers’ College and Makerere University, where she was the first female student. She specialized in the English language before she joined Oxford University.

She completed her university education in 1946 and returned to teach English at Makerere University.