By Catherine Apolot

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has been honoured with an award at the London Political Summit 2018, to recognize the great work she has done as a Speaker in Africa.

The two days summit was organized by Ring for Change Foundation in collaboration with the London Metropolitan University.

The London Political Summit 2018 also honored Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga as esteemed leaders of African politics for their historic political sportsmanship and adherence to the principle of political tolerance.

About Kadaga

Born on 24 May, 1956, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga is a Ugandan lawyer and politician who has been Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda since 19 May 2011.

She is the first female to be elected Speaker in the history of Parliament in Uganda.She succeeded Edward Ssekandi, who served as Speaker between 2001 and 2011. She is also the current Member of Parliament (MP) for the Kamuli District Women’s Constituency, Busoga sub-region, a position she has served in since 1989.


Between 1984 and 1988, she was in private law practice. From 1989 until 1996, she served as the member of parliament for Kamuli District in the District Woman’s Constituency. She served as the Chairperson of the University Council for Mbarara University, between 1993 and 1996. During 1996, she served as Secretary General of the East African Women Parliamentarians Association. From 1996 until 1998, Rebecca Kadaga was the Ugandan Minister of State for Regional Cooperation (Africa and the Middle East). She then served as Minister of State for Communication and Aviation, from 1998 until 1999. Between 1999 and 2000 she was the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs. She was elected Deputy Speaker of Parliament in 2001,a post she has held until Thursday 19 May 2011, when she was elected Speaker of Parliament.