Parliament will this afternoon hold a Special Sitting to mark and commemorate 100 years of legislation milestone.
This legislative landmark is traced way back in 1920 with the formation of the Legislative Council, commonly known as the LEGCO which replaced the colonial and despotic 1902 Ordinance which had established a system of legislation through the promulgation of personal decrees by the Commissioner, a representative of the British Crown. The LEGCO held its first meeting on March 23, 1921 at the Government House in Entebbe and thereafter at the Town Hall, now KCCA Headquarters.
LEGCO was empowered to enact laws and regulations for the administration of justice, law and good governance.
While addressing the press on Monday, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said that Uganda’s parliament has registered tremendous achievements in mandate, size and impact since the times of LEGCO.
“At its inception, the LEGCO had 7 unelected members; three were ex-officios, three were nominated and an Indian. All member were Europeans and the Africans who included the Kabaka and Lukiiko were just in attendance,” Kadaga.
“But now, the 10th Parliament has 459 Members as compared to 7 members of LEGCO. We have widened the mandate of parliament whose roles now include representation, legislation, oversight and appropriation. Parliament has become more independent and is composed of various interest groups and is now fully in the hands of Ugandans.”
During today’s sitting, Minister of Public Service Muruuli Mukasa will move a motion for a resolution of Parliament to commemorate 100years of the existence of Uganda's legislature. Kadaga said that whereas Parliament would like to hold a centenary celebration, it will have to wait until next year due to COVID-19. As part of the celebrations, Kadaga is this afternoon also expected to preside at the opening of a photo exhibition on the 100years of Parliament at the South Wing Parking Lot.