Margaret Zziwa

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Margaret Zziwa
Born 1963 (age 50–51)
Kampala, Uganda
Residence Arusha, Tanzania
Nationality Ugandan
Ethnicity Muganda
Citizenship Uganda
Education 1. Bachelor of Arts in Economics (BA)
2. Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Dip.Ed)
3. Master of Arts in Gender & Women Studies (MA)
Makerere University
Kampala, Uganda
4. Master of Arts in Social Policy Studies (MA)
University of Stirling
United Kingdom
Occupation Politician
Years active 1993 — present
Known for Leadership Skills
Home town Kampala
Title Member EALA
Religion Roman Catholic

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.[1] Zziwa is also noted as she is the last person to be listed under Wikipedia's "living persons" list.


She was born to Charles Mugerwa and Josephine Mugerwa of Mpererwe, a suburb of Uganda's capital city, Kampala, in 1963.


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.[2]

Work history[edit]

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. Margaret Nantongo Zziwa Is First Female Speaker of EALA.[3][4]

Other responsibilities[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Margaret Zziwa is married to Captain Francis Babu. She is of the Roman Catholic Faith. She is a member of the National Resistance Movement, the ruling political party in Uganda since 1986.

See also[edit]

Succession table as Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly[edit]

Preceded by
Abdirahin Abdi
2007 - 2012
Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly
2012 - 2017
Succeeded by


  1. ^ Odiko, Bobi (5 June 2012). "Margaret Zziwa Elected Speaker of EALA". Eeast African Community (EAC). Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Namutebi, Joyce (6 June 2012). "How Zziwa Won EALA Speaker Post". New Vision. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Sserunjogi, Eriasa Mukiibi (22 June 2012). "Zziwa; EALA's First Female Speaker". The Independent (Uganda). Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Vision, Reporter (12 June 2012). "EALA Speaker Receives Heroic Welcome". New Vision. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 

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