Human rights activist and politician Hon. Miria Matembe is calling for the re-election of Rebecca Kadaga as Speaker of the Ugandan parliament.
She was speaking at a women leaders conference dubbed: ‘Sustaining Women’s Call for Parity on the Policy Agenda’ at Africana on Monday.
In her inspirational speech, Matembe congratulated the new female legislators for joining Parliament on affirmative action.
She urged them to balance both political and family life.
“While you go to Parliament to do miracles, you should for betterment of your families and those of this Nation.”
She said many women MPs struggle to maintain private and public life.
“The thing you are getting into is not a joke.
She then campaigned for Kadaga who together with her deputy Jacob Oulanyah are seeking to retain their seats in the August House.
“She [Kadaga] should be on her way out but do not retire her unceremoniously,” Matembe said.
Kadaga and Matembe were among the first 34 women who made an entry to Parliament of Uganda.
“Among the 1st 34 women, only Kadaga is still in Parliament. Do not retire her unceremoniously like us.”
In her turn, Kadaga asked the President to appoint a woman to the seat of prime minister, currently occupied by Dr Ruhakana Rugunda.
Kadaga said having a woman at such a level will help to champion gender sensitive matters within the Executive without difficulty.