Impact of the Appointment of The First Native Africans To The Legislative Council on the Course of Constitutional Development in Uganda.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Makerere Law Journal, Issue 1, p.71-75 (2013)


Constitutional devt, Kibirango Brian, LEGCO, Legislative council, pearl of Africa


<p style="text-align: justify;"><span data-scayt_word="KIBIRANGO" data-scaytid="1">KIBIRANGO</span> BRIAN</p><p style="text-align: justify;"><br /><em>At the time of this Journal publication (November, 2013), the author had progressed to his second year of <span data-scayt_word="LLB" data-scaytid="2">LLB</span> at the School of Law, <span data-scayt_word="Makerere" data-scaytid="3">Makerere</span> University. An earlier version of this essay had been presented as a Course work assessment for the subject &lsquo;Principles of Constitutional Law1.&rsquo; Currently, he serves as the Student Volunteer for the Department of Human Rights and Peace <span data-scayt_word="centre" data-scaytid="6">centre</span> (<span data-scayt_word="Huripec" data-scaytid="7">Huripec</span>) at the school of Law, <span data-scayt_word="Makerere" data-scaytid="4">Makerere</span> University where he offers Research assistance. He was a member editor on the Journal, edition 2013, and is the Assistant Editor-in-Chief of the forth coming 2014 edition of <span data-scayt_word="Makerere" data-scaytid="5">Makerere</span> Law Journal. &nbsp;</em></p><p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>ABSTRACT</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;"><br />Established in 1920, the Legislative Council was charged with legislative power under the colonial government though quite limited as most of the decisions were made by her majesty&lsquo;s government back in England. This despite being the first ever Uganda&lsquo;s legislative body, was never comprised of any Africans not until almost 25 years after its formation. This paper thus seeks to examine the impact of the appointment of the first native African representatives to the legislative council on the course of Constitutional development in Uganda. It begins with a background of the Legislative Council and its original composition especially considering that it had been alien in nature. It then proceeds to illustrate how the eventual appointment of natives impacted on the rather long course of constitutional development in Uganda especially the period leading to independence, up to date. Further still, it looks at whether these appointments were genuine, or if they were only intended to further Her Majesty&lsquo;s dominion over &lsquo;The Pearl of Africa.&rsquo;‖<br /><br />&nbsp;</p>