Uganda’s first female Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga says she will not give up on her pursuit of a second term in office.
On Tuesday, the ruling NRM Central Executive Committee met at State House Entebbe to deliberate on the issue of speakership.
According to reports, President Yoweri Museveni is not happy with Kadaga for costing him votes in Kamuli district during the 2016 elections as well as the humiliation he suffered where campaigning in the area.
Kadaga who denied the charges told NBS TV in an interview on Thursday that she has worked so hard to make parliament what it is today and will not be cast out on flimsy excuses.
“Why shouldn’t I go for a second term? I believe I am the best speaker. My predecessor had two terms. I should not go for a second term because I am a woman?”
Kadaga says she established the status of Parliament and its independence.
“Parliament is now a force to reckon with. As initially planned, the Ugandan Parliament finally has a sixth floor.”
Before she became Speaker, traveling abroad would mean that one writes to the Prime Minister first. That is the first thing she changed.
“I will give myself 97%. I have worked hard to establish Parliament’s independence,” she said while rating her performance.
Kadaga says she still has a lot of plans for Kamuli including looking for more investors, finding a ship for Kyoga and investing in more industries.
“Those saying I shouldn’t front being a woman as a reason for running for Speakership again, you want me to say I am a man?”
She added: “The president is a man, the Vice President is man and so are all the deputies. Where should the women go?”
She noted that the constitution speaks of the Speaker and the deputy but in other countries, they have assistant speakers.
She suggested that assistant speakers be introduced for when both speaker and deputy are busy or plenary is long.
Asked whether she will tolerate a debate on the removal of the presidential age limit, Kadaga said: “I can’t speculate on what is going to come.”
On claims that she over travels, the speaker replied: “I don’t go for fashion shows. I go for work. I attend bi-annual Commonwealth speakers’ meetings.”
Kadaga also said when elected, she would continue to work and follow the Constitution.
“Of course I am going to be the Speaker.”
On when she is retiring, Kadaga said: “When Basoga in Kamuli tell me to retire. I am a proud Musoga. I have a tribe. I am a Musoga and I cannot hide that.”