December 7, 2021

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Uganda’s first female MP Florence Lubega dies at 103

Florence Alice Lubega

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Uganda’s first female Member of Parliament, Ms. Florence Alice Lubega, has died a week to her 104th birthday.

Ms. Lubega joined Parliament in the independent Uganda in May 1962.

She was the one of the first female legislators of Uganda, being a member of the Legislative Council.

Government Chief Whip Thomas Tayebwa announced her death Friday morning.

“Rest in Peace Uganda’s First Female Member of Parliament Hon Florence Alice Lubega. Born on 5 November 1917 – Died 28 October 2021, she joined parliament in 1962. U opened the gates for female legislators not only in Uganda but across the continent.”

 Deputy Speaker Anita Annet Among said: “Hon Florence Alice Lubega as the first female legislator inspired the rest of us to take up the mantle of leadership. We celebrate her mentorship, inspiration and Courage that opened barriers for woman leaders. May the lord grant her eternal rest.”

Factfile:

Florence Alice Lubega (5 November 1917 – 28 October 2021) was a Ugandan politician and the first female Ugandan to join Parliament in the independent Uganda in May 1962.

She was one of the first female legislators of Uganda, being a member of the Legislative Council (LEGCO).

She was also a member of the first Ugandan Parliament, and Deputy Minister for Community Development and Labour.

Background and education

Florence Lubega was the daughter of Buganda Premier Samuel Wamala and Erina Nantongo.

She was educated at Gayaza Girls’ School before joining Buloba Teachers’ College.

 Later she was the first female to be admitted to Makerere College School before joining Oxford University.

Upon completion of her university studies in 1946, she returned to teach English at Makerere University.

Personal life

Florence Lubega was married to Saulo Lubega, a teacher at Mityana secondary school.

Florence Lubega outlived her children and she had three brothers; Wamala Steven Ssempasa, who lives in the United Kingdom, Paul Musoke Wamala, a former tourism operator who now lives in Luzira, a Kampala suburb and the late Wamala Herbert Dagirira.

She died on 28 October 2021, at the age of 103, a week shy of her 104th birthday.

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