Winnie backs Kiiza for Leader of Opposition in parliament


MP Winnie Kiiza and Besigye in Kasese

FDC president Mugisha Muntu is anytime soon expected to name the ‪‎10th Parliament Leader of the Opposition (LoP).

This follows the party’s decision to support its MPs since Parliament, the Judiciary and the Executive are separate entities from NRM government, which they consider illegitimate.

Gen Muntu says the decision on the LoP is dependent on the members of the 10th Parliament.

Under the multi-party system of governance, the function of the leader of the opposition is as vital as that of the leader of government business.

In the 9th parliament, this top job in parliament has been under the stewardship of Wafula Oguttu who lost his seat Bukooli Central seat.

The party spokesperson Ssemuju Ibrahim Nganda and Dokolo woman MP Cecilia Atim Ogwal, Kasese Woman MP Winnie Kiiza and Agago North Prof. Ogenga Latigo, are all interested in the job.

Since the inception of multiparty system of governance in the 8th parliament, Prof Ogenga Latigo was the first leader of opposition, followed by Nandala Mafabi in the ninth parliament and Wafula Oguttu.

Regional balance in the appointment of the leader of opposition is also put into consideration when picking the LoP.

Its the leader of opposition who will appoint chairpersons of the four oversight committees in parliament.

Winnie Byanyima backs Winnie Kizza

In a series of tweets on Sunday, Oxfam boss Winnie Byanyima campaigned for Kasese Woman MP saying she is the right person for the job.

“Winnie Kizza would be an effective Leader of Opposition.  I hope FDC will endorse her,” Byanyima said.

She agreed Cecilia Ogwal is good too and that it is time for a woman to lead opposition in parliament.

Seven reasons why Winnie backs namesake:

1) Winnie Kiiza is a long serving politician who cut her teeth at local government level in early 90s, won trust of her people.

2) During violent 2001 elections, Winnie Kizza set up and led 1st Reform Agenda (opposition) teams in Kasese District, on the only western seats.

3) Winnie Kizza has been a consistent, principled, responsive & caring leader, respected & loved in all of Kasese district.

4) Winnie Kiiza has against violent repression, held Kasese district as an opposition stronghold. She is courageous and passionate about justice.

5) Winnie Kizza is an authentic and smart champion of women’s rights and rights of marginalised groups. She walks the talk. She is tested.

6) Winnie Kizza is an experienced legislator having risen from the opposition back benches to successfully serve in key roles including whip.

7) Winnie Kiiza has solid values of social justice and equality. A great mum to her kids and partner to Bihande her spouse, she is a role model for our girls.


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