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Parliament of Uganda

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Parliament of Uganda
Bunge la Uganda
Eleventh Parliament
Political groups
Government (336)
  •   National Resistance Movement (336)

Opposition (109)


Last election
14 January 2021
Next election
Meeting place
Parliament Avenue, Kampala
The Presiding Officer of the Senedd greets delegates from the Ugandan Parliament; 2012

The parliament of Uganda is the country's unicameral legislative body. The most significant of the Ugandan parliament's functions is to pass laws that will provide good governance in the country. The government ministers are bound to answer to the people's representatives on the floor of the house. Through the various parliamentary committees, parliament scrutinises government programmes, particularly as outlined in the State of the Nation address[1] by the president. The fiscal issues of the government, such as taxation and loans need the sanction of the parliament, after appropriate debate.[2] Parliament must confirm some Presidential nominations and may force a Minister to resign by passing a motion of censure.



The 11th Parliament (2021–2026) has a total of 557 seats, including 353 representatives elected using first-past-the-post voting in single winner constituencies. Using the same method, 146 seats reserved for women are filled, with one seat per district. Finally, 30 seats are indirectly filled via special electoral colleges: 10 by the army, 5 by youths, 5 by elders, 5 by unions, 5 by people with disabilities and 28 Ex Officio Members. In each of these groups, at least one woman must be elected (at least two for the army group).[3][4][5][6]

In 2016, it was composed of 288 constituency representatives, 121 district woman representatives, ten Uganda People's Defence Force representatives, five representatives of the youth, five representatives of persons with disabilities, five representatives of workers, and seventeen ex officio members.[7]



The Ugandan parliament was established in 1962, soon after the country's independence.[8]

First Parliament (1962–1963)

The tower that separates the east from the north wing buildings at the Uganda Parliament. this tower together with the parliament was built by the British colonial government in the late 1950s as a gift to Uganda just before it attained its independence.

This body was then known as the National Assembly. It had 92 members and was presided over, as speaker, by Sir John Bowes Griffin, a British lawyer and former Ugandan Chief Justice.

Second Parliament (1963–1971)


During this period, Prime Minister Milton Obote abrogated the constitution and declared himself President of Uganda in 1966. This parliament also witnessed the abolition of Uganda's traditional kingdoms and the declaration of Uganda as a republic. The speaker during the Second Parliament was Narendra M. Patel, a Ugandan of Indian descent. This parliament ended when Idi Amin overthrew Milton Obote's government in January 1971.

Third Parliament (1979–1980)


Following the overthrow of Idi Amin in April 1979, a new legislative body known as the Uganda Legislative Council was established. With an initial membership of 30, the membership was later increased to 120. This was the Third Parliament and was chaired by Edward Rugumayo. This legislative body continued to function until the general elections of December 1980.

Fourth Parliament (1980–1985)


This period marked the return to power of Milton Obote and the Uganda People's Congress (UPC), following the disputed national elections of 1980. The speaker of the Fourth Parliament was Francis Butagira, a Harvard-trained lawyer. the Fourth Parliament ended when General Basilio Olara Okello overthrew Obote and the UPC government in 1985.

Fifth Parliament (1986–1996)


Known as the National Resistance Council (NRC), the Fifth Parliament was established following the end of the Ugandan 1981-1985 guerrilla war. Starting with 38 historical members of the National Resistance Movement and National Resistance Army, the legislative body was gradually expanded to include representatives from around the country. The speaker during the Fifth Parliament was Yoweri Museveni, who also concurrently served as the President of Uganda.

Sixth Parliament (1996–2001)


The Sixth Parliament was constituted during one-party rule (NRM). James Wapakhabulo served as speaker from 1996 until 1998. From 1998 until 2001, Francis Ayume, a member of Parliament from Koboko District, served as speaker.

Seventh Parliament (2001–2006)


The Seventh Parliament was presided over as Speaker by Edward Ssekandi. The most controversial legislation passed during this period was the amendment of the constitution to remove presidential term limits.

Eighth Parliament (2006–2011)


This was a continuation of the Seventh Parliament, with Edward Ssekandi as speaker and Rebecca Kadaga as deputy speaker.

National Resistance Movement1415814213
Forum for Democratic Change2710037
Uganda People's Congress9009
Democratic Party8008
Conservative Party1001
Justice Forum1001
Uganda People's Defence Force Representatives1010
Registered voters/turnout10,450,78868
Source: IPU

Ninth Parliament (2011–2016)


The Ninth Parliament was presided over by Rebecca Kadaga as speaker, and Jacob Oulanyah as deputy speaker.

National Resistance Movement3,883,20949.221643,803,60851.568613263+50
Forum for Democratic Change1,070,10913.56231,242,21816.8411034–3
Democratic Party476,4156.0411325,6604.411012+4
Uganda People's Congress265,5683.377237,4773.223010+1
Justice Forum50,1200.64110,7960.150010
Conservative Party48,2760.6111,0840.010010
Uganda Federal Alliance23,5850.30034,3460.47000
People's Progressive Party15,6920.20026,3200.36000
Forum for Integrity in Leadership8,8710.11000
Social Democratic Party5,6640.07000
Popular People's Democracy3,3990.04000
People's Development Party2,5260.0301,8530.03000
Liberal Democratic Transparency2,0350.0303,9970.05000
Green Partisan Party2970.00000
Uganda Economic Party2070.00000
Uganda People's Defence Force10100
Source: Election Passport, UC

Tenth Parliament (2016–2021)


In the Tenth Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga and Jacob Oulanyah remained in their posts as speaker and deputy speaker respectively.

National Resistance Movement3,945,00048.881993,566,61748.958410293+30
Forum for Democratic Change1,027,64812.7329929,86012.767036+2
Democratic Party349,9624.3413246,2843.382015+3
Uganda People's Congress172,7812.144236,1643.24206–4
Justice Forum20,0890.25016,7410.230000
Ugandan Federal Alliance18,1460.22000.00000
Conservative Party10,7920.1302,9020.040000
Social Democratic Party5,9720.07000.00000
Republican Women and Youth Party2,3110.0308,5020.120000
People's Progressive Party2,1850.03016,7200.230000
Uganda Patriotic Movement4700.01000.00000
Activist Party1750.00000.00000
Uganda People's Defence Force10100
Registered voters/turnout15,277,19815,277,198
Source: EC, Election Passport

2017 Parliament fight


On September 27, 2017, a fight ensued during a legislative session of the Ugandan parliament. The legislation in discussion at the time was to remove the presidential age limit of 75 from the Ugandan constitution. Following accusations from the parliamentary speaker against certain lawmakers in the chamber of disorderly conduct, a full-fledged fight broke out in which chairs were thrown, microphone stands used as clubs, and eventual removal of some members by plain clothes security officers.[9]

Eleventh Parliament (2021–present)


On March 25, 2022, Thomas Tayebwa was voted as the new Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda.[10]

National Resistance Movement4,158,93441.602184,532,81444.8110117336+42
National Unity Platform1,347,92913.48431,607,42515.8914057New
Forum for Democratic Change729,2477.2924674,1546.668032–4
Democratic Party245,2482.458181,3641.79109–6
Uganda People's Congress180,3131.807229,8842.27209+3
Alliance for National Transformation72,0180.72082,3180.81000New
Justice Forum24,8430.25122,6250.22001+1
People's Progressive Party10,0760.10101+1
Uganda Economic Party6,1990.06000New
Ecological Party of Uganda4,2870.04000New
Conservative Party1,0710.010000
Social Democratic Party7190.010000
Forum for Integrity in Leadership1220.00000New
Congress Service Volunteers Organisation680.00000New
Uganda People's Defence Force10100
Source: Electoral Commission

Ugandan legislation


Examples of Uganda's legislation include:

The Uganda Legal Information Institute (ULII) publishes the laws of Uganda, allowing for free online access.[12]

See also



  1. ^ "Is the State of the Nation address relevant?". VINAS Businesses. 2021-06-04. Retrieved 2021-06-12.
  2. ^ "Functions of The Parliament of Uganda". The Parliament of Uganda. Archived from the original on 2012-04-19.
  3. ^ "Composition of Parliament". parliament.go.ug. 2018-01-18. Retrieved 2023-03-15.
  4. ^ "Constitution" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Electoral handbook" (PDF).
  6. ^ "IFES Election Guide | Elections: Uganda National Assembly 2021". www.electionguide.org.
  7. ^ "Composition of Uganda's Parliament". The Parliament of Uganda. Archived from the original on 2018-04-21. Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  8. ^ "Chronology of the Parliaments of Uganda". Archived from the original on 2017-10-29. Retrieved 2012-07-02.
  9. ^ AP Archive. "Fighting in parliament as Uganda ejects MPs". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  10. ^ "I'll use Deputy Speaker's office to serve Ugandans' interests - Tayebwa". Monitor. 2022-03-25. Retrieved 2022-03-26.
  11. ^ Uganda Legal Information Institute, Employment Act, 2006, accessed 10 June 2024
  12. ^ Uganda Legal Information Institute, Welcome to the Uganda Legal Information Institute, accessed 10 June 2024