HC Deb 14 March 1945 vol 409 cc231-2
59. Mr. Creech Jones

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what degree of self-government is enjoyed by the Lukiko in Uganda; how it is selected; whether the younger elements are represented; how Ministers are appointed; and whether he is giving consideration to the political difficulties of Uganda.

Colonel Stanley

I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT a statement furnishing the information asked for. With regard to the last part of the Question, as I said in the reply which I gave to the hon. and gallant Member for St. Pancras (Wing-Commander Grant-Ferris) on 31st January, the Kabaka announced in November his intention of altering the composition of the Lukiko in order to make it more representative in character. I am not at present in a position to add further to that statement.

Following is the statement:

Functions of Lukiko

Under the Uganda Agreement, 1900, it is the function of the Lukiko to discuss all matters concerning the native administration of Buganda, and to forward to the Kabaka resolutions which may be voted by a majority regarding measures to be adopted by the said administration. The Kabaka is required to consult with the Governor of Uganda before giving effect to any such resolutions and explicity to follow the advice of the Governor in this matter. Under the Buganda Agreement (Native Laws), 191o, the Kabaka and Lukiko have power to make laws governing the Baganda in Buganda. The Lukiko may forward to the Kabaka proposed laws agreed upon by a majority and the Kabaka is required to consult with the Governor before giving effect to such laws, which are subject to the approval of the Governor and the Secretary of State.

Appointment of Ministers

Under the Uganda Agreement, 1900, the Kabaka may appoint three Ministers with the approval of the Governor. These Ministers are the Prime Minister, the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Finance.

Composition of Lukiko

Under the Uganda Agreement, 1900, the three Ministers are ex-officio members of the Lukiko. Each Chief of a county in Buganda, 20 in all, is also an ex-officio member of the Council. In addition the Kabaka nominates three notables from each county, 60 members in all, and may also appoint six other persons of importance in the country to be members.

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