In the 12 parliaments since independence when the bicameral system of parliament was established by the 1962 Lancaster Constitution, Parliament has had a total of 10 speakers; seven in the National Assembly and three in the Senate.
After the 1963 Constitution established a Senate which consisted of 41 senators elected for a six year term, Timothy Chokwe served as its first Speaker. However, in 1966, through a bill tabled in the lower house (House of Representatives), the Senate and the National Assembly reverted to a unicameral legislature. Years later, in 2010, the promulgation of a new Constitution re-established the Senate, with the comeback Senate coming into effect in 2013.
Speakers of the Senate