By Weswa Ronnie
Members of Parliament from Bugisu region want government to recognise legislators who were in the first parliament in a special way.
They revealed this while speaking to our reporter in an exclusive interview following the death of Stephen Muduku, the first Member of Parliament at first parliament of Uganda from Bugisu region that represented Bugisu North West Constituency at that time.
Muduku was born in 1930 at Budadiri town council in Sironko district and died yesterday on Tuesday, 4th January 5, 2022 at 91 years of age.
He died from Masaba wing hospital at 4.pm after being admitted with pneumonia fever.
The former MP was a legislator during the first parliament in 1961 up to 1979 after Uganda gained independence from the British.
Isaiah Sassaga, the MP representing Budadiri East Constituency in Sironko district says that since these first legislators are few in the country and are the ones who made Uganda what it is today, the current government should recognize them by paying their families salaries or constructing for them homes.
He adds that Muduku died when he was living a miserable life like an ordinary person with no good house.
John Musila, the MP representing Bubulo East Constituency in Namsindwa district also promised to move a motion on the floor of Parliament about government recognising the remaining few legislators at first parliament.
Before his death yesterday, last year in October, Muduku had an exclusive interview with our reporter at his home located at Budadiri town council in Sironko district. During the interview, he asked the government to support him with medical care, food, salary/gratuity and constructing for him a house which the government never implemented up to date.
During his time as MP, he played roles like tabling a motion at floor of parliament to stop land tenure system in Bugisu where Semei Kakungulu was forcing Bamsaba to pay tax on their own land, lobbying for roads, Buwasa health center IV located in Sironko district, bringing back Bugisu Cooperative Union to the hands of Bamasaba from whites.