By Nasser Kasozi Akandwanaho
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has on Friday met with the NRM leadership and delegates of Kigezi sub-region in her quest to gunner support that will make her retain the position of second National vice-chairperson for NRM party.
The meeting was attended by leaders in the region including Ministers and Members of Parliament.
All delegates endorsed Rebecca Kadaga and promised to vote for her to maintain her position as the NRM 2nd National Vice Chairperson female.
Kadaga is credited for being the first woman to establish a law firm in Uganda and the pioneer of FIDA, a legal aid for disadvantaged women. She has also championed issues affecting women including health, education, environment, female genital mutilation fight and others.
On July 27, Kadaga was nominated for the position by Local Government minister Raphael Magyezi and seconded by Trade minister Amelia Kyambadde and Nakapiripirit Woman MP Anyakun Esther.
Among others, Kadaga is battling her rival, State Minister for Lands, Persis Namuganza who has also expressed interest in the same position.
Rebecca Kadaga and Percis Namuganza’s conflicts started in 2018 at a function to launch boreholes in Namuganza’s Bukono Constituency, Namutumba District, where the minister reportedly told off Kadaga and Busoga king Gabula Nadiope to concentrate on ‘fighting jiggers in Kamuli’, which to her are a serious threat than ‘poking their noses’ into Namutumba affairs.
Speaker Kadaga along with the Kyabazinga of Busoga, William Gabula Nadiope IV had earlier gone to Bukono constituency and installed a chief without her knowledge, which to the latter was an insult.
In response, Namuganza rallied her voters in Bukono to use stones and sticks to chase away the Kyabazinga if he ever goes back to that area in her absence and warned Kadaga to back-off matters of Bukono and Namutumba district generally.