December 7, 2021

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First female MP gets official burial, MPs want her assets returned

Hon Florence Alice Lubega

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Hon.Elijah Okupa has asked Government to consider returning the late Alice Florence’s property that was confiscated by Idi Amin’s regime back to her family.

He said that the late was crying about her lost property such as the 3 Sq Mile farm on Hoima road that was taken.

Before she moved to the chamber to chair on Tuesday afternoon, Deputy Speaker Anitah Among signed a condolence book in honour of the late Florence Lubega, the first female MP.

The Speaker informed the House that the late Florence Lubega, the first female Member of Parliament has been granted an official funeral.

The House observed a moment of silence in honour of the former legislator.

The Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja, moved a motion to pay tribute to the late Hon. Alice Florence Lubega, saying she immeasurably participated in shaping the destiny of Uganda and served Uganda with dedication and patriotism and was instrumental in highlighting and addressing gender inequality existing in Ugandan societies.

The Leader of the Opposition, Mathias Mpuuga, seconded the motion to honour the late Florence Lubega.

“Her demise should rekindle the desire to prioritize girl child education. We should remind ourselves the duty of care we owe the girl child.”

“The late Lubega lost all her property when she went into exile. The existing gov’ts should try and restore what was lost unfairly. The government owes a duty to the family.”

Busia Municipality MP, Geoffrey Macho said she was a visionary leader and a woman of humility.

“Hon Lubega was a team builder; it teaches us a lesson that we should support women. Women can lead with us to build a stronger nation.”

“The only way we can celebrate the life of Florence Lubega and others is to appreciate what they did. They did whatever they did without any allowance. if we really want to benefit from affirmative action let us look at the bottom up approach,” said Hon Cecilia Ogwal.

“Forget about the beauty and swimming costume of Ogwal. Look at the maiden speech I made in the Constituent Assembly. Stop looking at our hair, our legs and our beauty; let us celebrate what we have done. If we care about women, let us create a database of women who have exited parliament. There are women who are totally forgotten when they leave Parliament.”

Hon Sarah Opendi says the late Lubega gained her fame for her strong stand against the government.

“Can we emulate the late by speaking out? By speaking out, you are not an enemy of government.”

The new Chairperson of UWOPA asked the 11th Parliament to ensure that they pass all the Gender Related bills such as the Sexual offences bill and Marriage bill in memory of the Late Hon. Alice Florence Lubega.

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