Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has visited her home village in Kamuli district to offer thanks to her ancestors after she was declared speaker of the 10 parliament.
The 59-year-old Member of Parliament for Kamuli district was on Thursday last week declared speaker in a contest she was unopposed after her deputy Jacob Oulanyah who was interested in the same seat was asked by President Yoweri Museveni to drop out of the race in her favour.
While visiting her ancestral shrine on Saturday, Ms Kadaga said, “Everyone has where they come from. I had come to tell my ancestors that I went through as speaker of the 10 parliament and to thank them for their blessings.”
Kadaga was captured on video in the company of some of the village elders visiting the bush.
She is then seen performing some rituals under a rock in what one of the elder described as appeasing the spirits of her ancestors.
Kadaga is one of the longest serving legislators after she was elected to represent Kamuli district women in 1989.
The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) national vice chairperson, who is single was born in Kamuli district and went to Namasagali College for her high education.
After studying law at Makerere University, she graduated with the degree of bachelor of laws in 1978.
She went on to obtain a diploma in legal practice from the Law Development Center in Kampala in 1979. In 2000, she obtained a diploma in Women’s Law from the University of Zimbabwe.
In 2003, she obtained the degree of Master of Arts, specialising in Women’s Law, also from the University of Zimbabwe.
When she opened Kadaga and Company Advocates in 1984 after a stint as legal assistant at Obol Ochola Law Chambers, analysts said then she seemed set for a life away from government and direct participation in politics.
Kadaga is the first female to be elected Speaker in the history of the Parliament in Uganda.
She succeeded Edward Ssekandi, who served as Speaker from 2001 to 2011.