Fred Mukasa Mbidde Uganda’s East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has been ranked among the top 100 people in the East African Community who have contributed enormously towards regional integration for the period 2015 to 2020.
This was in a report released by Karibu East Africa in conjunction with Uganda Journalists Association (UJA).
The EAC is a regional intergovernmental organisation of six partner states comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.
The report results from a survey conducted by Karibu East Africa between 2015 and 2020 focusing on trade, governance, infrastructure, peace, security and how the partner states’ leaders related with each other.
Mbidde has served in the EALA Parliament for two terms and he will be biding farewell since EALA MPs strictly serve for two terms which he has successfully served.
During his service, he has contributed greatly to building the community as well as fostering legislations that benefit the people.
Mbidde is remembered for having pushed for fair representation of all political parties in Parliament in the East African Parliament.
Originally, only two political parties, National Resistance Movement (NRM) and opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) used to share among themselves all EALA seats, the two appointed their favourite members to be sent to the Arusha Parliament.
Mbidde who doubles as the Vice President of the Democratic Party (DP) in opposition, realised that this was contrary to the treaty, identified loopholes and moved to stop this.
“I filed and successfully urged Application Ref. No. 6 of 2012. This case freed Democratic Party and all other political parties to compete favourably for EALA elections as opposed to only FDC and NRM that were originally allowed to appoint EALA representatives,” Mbidde said in an interview.
He added that, “Of course their actions were not backed up by any law. I defeated them and now all political parties including new comers NUP and independents can contest for EALA slots.” Hon. Mbidde proudly said, on spoiling NRM and FDC’s EALA deal.”
During his two terms of service, Mbidde saved the former Speaker of EALA, Margret Nantongo Ziwa from impeachment for two years.
He Filed and successfully urged a case of DP V Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Burundi for opening the African Court on human and peoples’ rights to their citizens.
Mbidde iintervened in Burundi Vs EAC case and saved the current Speaker Rt. Hon. Martin Ngoga from removal by Court.
In Parliament, in 2013 he was the Chairman of the Legal Committee, Chairman of the Communications Trade and Investment Committee 2015 and now serving as a Commissioner EALA a position equivalent to that of a cabinet minister in charge of East African Affairs.
Mbidde was recognized among other leaders within the region including; President Yoweri Museveni who was recognized for fostering unity and reconciliation among the six presidents in the East African Community (EAC).