Uganda’s parliament attended a special session to honor Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on Thursday in Scotland. The prime minister made the proposal, which was discussed for two hours.
The Queen made her first trip to Uganda in 1954, and her latest official trip to Africa was in 2007 for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
The MPs noted that Her Majesty had led the Commonwealth with distinction and played a significant uniting role during her two minutes of speaking time.
Particularly female parliamentarians noted that she served as an example for other female leaders. “She was a distinguished leader. A leader who has shown commitment, who has united the commonwealth“, stated Beatrice Anywar MP.
“Her visits contributed immensely to Uganda’s development and global standing,” Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja said, “which was exemplified by the ability to host international conferences and ultimately encouraged direct investment in tourism“.
In honor of her 1954 visit, the Queen Elizabeth National Park in western Uganda bears her name. The UK royal family is also honored through the naming of several streets and roundabouts in Kampala, the country’s capital.
The opposition came out vehemently against republican leaders holding onto power for an excessive amount of time, even if they backed the motion and recognized Her Majesty’s lengthy leadership. Yoweri Museveni, the president of Uganda, has been in office since 1986.
The majority of presenters also discussed the Queen’s role in promoting world peace and sound government.
Many of the nation’s youth have not, however, participated in the tributes because they believe that the British monarchy has not fully accepted responsibility for the heritage of colonialism.