1 January 1963 |
|Education||1. Bachelor of Arts in Economics (BA)
2. Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Dip.Ed)
3. Master of Arts in Gender & Women Studies (MA)
4. Master of Arts in Social Policy Studies (MA)
University of Stirling
|Years active||1993 — present|
|Known for||Leadership Skills
Margaret Nantongo Zziwa is a Ugandan politician and legislator. She currently serves as the Speaker of the 3rd East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) in Arusha, Tanzania. She was elected to serve in that capacity in June 2012, for the next five years.
Margaret Zziwa holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, both from Makerere University, Uganda's oldest institution of higher education. One of her Masters degrees, obtained from Makerere as well, is the Master of Arts in Gender and Women Studies. She also holds another Masters degree, the Master of Arts in Social Policy Studies, from the University of Stirling in the United Kingdom.
Before joining politics, she taught Economics and Geography at Kololo Senior Secondary School, a high school in the centre of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. She also served as a part-time lecturer, in the Faculty of Women and Gender Studies at Makerere University.
Between 1993 and 1995, she served as a member of the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1995 Ugandan Constitution. From 1996 until 2006, she served two consecutive terms in Uganda's Parliament, as the Women's Member of Parliament for Kampala District. From 2007 until now, she has served as one of the nine Ugandan legislators in the East African Legislative Assembly, the legislative arm of the East African Community (EAC). In June 2012, she was elected to serve as the Speaker of the EALA, for a five-year term. She is the first female in the history of the five-nation EAC, to serve as EALA Speaker.
Margaret Zziwa is a board member of St. Margaret Secondary School, a school she started. She is also a founder-member of St. Francis Choir at St. Jude Catholic Church at Naguru, another Kampala suburb.
Succession table as Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly
2007 - 2012
|Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly
2012 - 2017
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