Margaret Zziwa

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Margaret Zziwa
Born 1963 (age 53–54)
Kampala, Uganda
Residence Arusha, Tanzania
Nationality Ugandan
Citizenship Uganda
Alma mater Makerere University
(Bachelor of Arts in economics)
(Postgraduate Diploma in education)
(Master of Arts in gender and women studies)
University of Stirling
(Master of Science in social policy studies)
(Doctor of Philosophy)[1]
Occupation Politician
Years active 1993 — present
Known for Leadership skills
Home town Kampala
Title Member of the East African Legislative Assembly

Margaret Nantongo Zziwa BA, Dip.Ed, MA, MSc, PhD is a Ugandan politician and legislator. She served 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.[2] She was impeached and voted out of office on 17 December 2014, on the basis of misconduct and abuse of office.[3]

Background and education[edit]

She was born to Charles Mugerwa and Josephine Mugerwa of Mpererwe, a suburb of Uganda's capital and largest 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 master's degrees, obtained from Makerere as well, is the Master of Arts in Gender and Women Studies. She also holds another master's degree, the Master of Arts in Social Policy Studies, from the University of Stirling in the United Kingdom.[4] Later, she was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy by the University of Stirling.[1]

Work history[edit]

Before joining politics, she taught economics and geography at Kololo Senior Secondary School, a high school in the centre of Kampala, which is 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.[1]

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. During the 2006 elections, she lost her parliamentary seat to the incumbent, Nabilah Naggayi Sempala.[5]

Since 2007, she has served as one of the nine Ugandan legislators in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), the legislative arm of the East African Community. In June 2012, she was elected to serve as the speaker of the EALA for a five-year term.[6][7]

Other responsibilities[edit]

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.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Zziwa is married to Francis Babu. They have four children together. She is of the Roman Catholic faith. She is a member of the National Resistance Movement, the ruling political party in Uganda since 1986.[9]

Preceded by
Abdirahin Abdi
Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly
Succeeded by
Daniel Kidega


  1. ^ a b c United Nations Habitat (2014). "Hon (Dr) Margaret Nantongo Zziwa". Nairobi: United Nations Human Settlements Programme. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Odiko, Bobi (5 June 2012). "Margaret Zziwa Elected Speaker of EALA". East African Community (EAC). Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Ligami, Christabel (17 December 2014). "Margaret Zziwa impeached for misconduct, abuse of office". The EastAfrican Mobile. Nairobi. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Namutebi, Joyce (6 June 2012). "How Zziwa Won EALA Speaker Post". New Vision. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Ndawula, Andrew (30 December 2006). "Uganda: Our Politicians – Nabilah Naggayi Sempala". New Vision via Kampala. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  6. ^ Sserunjogi, Eriasa Mukiibi (22 June 2012). "Zziwa; EALA's First Female Speaker". The Independent (Uganda). Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Vision, Reporter (12 June 2012). "EALA Speaker Receives Heroic Welcome". New Vision. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Muramira, Gashegu (23 June 2012). "Meet the new EALA Speaker Margaret Zziwa Nantongo". New Times (Rwanda). Kigali. 
  9. ^ Ligami, Christabel (21 June 2014). "Decisions I make as EALA Speaker are not influenced by my husband". The EastAfrican. Nairobi. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 

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