History – Speakers of Uganda Parliament 1996 to 2022

The 6th Parliament was the first of its kind as we define Parliament of Uganda today. After having chaired the Constituent Assembly from 1994 to 1995, aged 51 years, in 1996, Mr. James Wapakhabulo (RIP), a lawyer and of the Bagisu of Small Eastern Uganda descent, became the first Speaker of the 6th Parliament. He served for about two years, until 1998.

Aged 58 years in 1998, Mr. Francis Ayume (RIP), a lawyer and of the Kakwa of West Nile descent, became the second Speaker of the 6th Parliament. He served for about three years until 2001. Mr. Ayume made history as the first person from West Nile Region and from the Greater Northern half of Uganda to head the legislative arm of government.

Subsequently, the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Parliaments were led by the longest serving Speakers of Parliament so far, who each served about 10 years. In 2001, aged 59 years, Mr. Edward Ssekandi, a lawyer and of Baganda of Small Central Uganda descent became the Speaker of the 7th Parliament. He continued on also as the Speaker of the 8th Parliament until 2011.

Mr. Ssekandi was succeeded by Ms. Rebecca Kadaga, who in 2011, aged 55 years, a lawyer and of the Basoga of East Central Uganda decent, became the Speaker of the 9th Parliament. She continued on also as the Speaker of the 10th Parliament until 2021. She made history as the first woman ever to hold the position.

Mr. Jacob L’Okori Oulanyah (RIP), aged 56 years, an agricultural economist, a lawyer, and of Lango-Acholi of Small Northern Uganda descent became the Speaker of the 11th Parliament. However, shortly after his elevation to the position he was taken ill. He did get better for a short while, but was taken ill again until his death in March 2022. He has thus made history as the shortest serving Speaker of all time; and the first to die while in office.

The 11th Parliament now has a second Speaker, newly elected, Ms. Anita Annet Among. Who, aged 49 years and of the Iteso of North-Eastern Uganda descent, has made history as the first from her region to hold the position of Speaker.

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