By Damali Mukhaye
Parliament of Uganda today marks 100 years of its existence as the legislative arm of the government.
Uganda’s Legislature dates back to the colonial period when the British Colonial Office established the first legislature, called the Legislative Council with its first sitting on 23 March 1921 in Entebbe.
According to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, this council at inception had seven non-elected members, all of them Europeans, and was chaired by the then Governor, Sir Robert Croydon.
The membership of the council at the time grew to 32 Members in 1950, 61 Members by 1955 and 78 by 1961.
She says that until date, there has been an increase in the size of members with the current 10th Parliament of Uganda having 457 Members while the forthcoming parliament will consist of 529 members.
Since then, parliament has had 10 speakers including president Museveni, Edward Ssekandi, Francis Ayume, and James Wapakhabulo among others.