Florence Alice Lubega: Life Of The First Female Ugandan MP

Florence Alice Lubega: Life Of The First Female Ugandan MP

Born on 5th November, 1917, Florence Alice Lubega was a politician who went on to become the first female Ugandan to sit in the Legislative Council (LEGCO) in the independent Uganda in May 1962.

She was also a member of the first Ugandan Parliament and Deputy Minister for Community Development and Labour.

 During Uganda’s independence celebrations at Kololo in 1962, she was the woman who stepped up the podium to read a document about the country’s expectations.

Florence Lubega was the daughter of Buganda Premier Samuel Wamala and Erina Nantongo who got married to Saulo Lubega, a teacher at Mityana secondary school.

Lubega was actually born with a silver spoon. Her father, Wamala, was Katikkiro of Buganda from 1942 to 1945. 

She grew up in the palace and took care of princes, including Mutesa who later became king. 

She studied in the prestigious Gayaza Girls’ School, Buloba Teachers’ College, and was the first female to be admitted to Makerere College School, before joining St. Hugh’s College, Oxford University. 

In 1962, she became Ssingo North West MP, now present-day Mityana and Mubende districts.

On September 15 2017, Lubega was honoured by Parliament during its commemoration of the International Day of Democracy. She was given an envelope worth sh3m and a plaque. 

During that time, she was staying in the suburbs of Kisubi, half a kilometre off the Entebbe road towards Nakawuka road and established that the country’s celeb was not living a comfortable life.

Having lost most of her property to social injustices, money lenders and relatives, the 99-year-old then said she had nothing to her name and depended on relatives for upkeep.

 She appealed to President Yoweri Museveni to give her a helping hand in her last days on earth.

 “I am languishing in poverty. I can hardly provide for myself most of the necessities of life,” she said. 

“I appeal to President Museveni, the father of the nation, to help, at least buy for me a vehicle to ease my transport to and from the hospital.” 

She also appealed to the then Parliament Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, for a monthly stipend to cater for necessities like adult pampers, medical care, food supplements and clothing.

It is not clear if these appeals were followed up.

She died on October 28 2021 at the age of 103.

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