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Behind Kadaga’s Presidential Ambitions

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Hon. Nzoghu William (Busongora North) said Hon. Kadaga “would make a good president.”

Parliamentarians were contributing to a motion that sought to applaud Kadaga upon her election to the Chair of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Association (CWP).

In a Motion moved by Ndorwa West Member of Parliament David Bahati on September 11, Members of Parliament commended the Speaker for promoting Uganda’s image across the world.

Bahati said Speaker Kadaga is a shining example of this country’s potential and gives encouragement to women and girls to take part in leadership.

“This is the more reason for women to work hard with the view that they can hold any leadership position. It shows that men and women are equal,” he said.

The seconder of the Motion Oyam South MP Betty Amongi noted that the name Kadaga has sold Uganda because it has become synonymous with the country.

“This name is synonymous with the articulation of the position of Africa on various issues especially concerning gender,” she said.

The Leader of the Opposition Hon. Nathan Nandala-Mafabi described Hon. Kadaga as intelligent individual with integrity who cannot betray the multiparty cause.

“You are really a Speaker of multiparty politics and the only person in NRM who preaches unity. You must use these blessings from God to move Uganda to a higher level,” he said.

Parliament Commissioner Hon Chris Baryomunsi said Speaker Kadaga’s election had provided several lessons and expressed hope that she would help emancipate the rural women in Uganda and across the Commonwealth.

Several MPs in paying tribute said that the Speaker had become a true symbol of Ugandan tourism and was now an icon referred to all over the world.

Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga was overwhelmingly voted the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Association (International) in Johannesburg, South Africa, last week.

Kadaga is yet to declare her interest in the seeking presidency but her face beamed with joy as MPs heaped praises on her for the outstanding performance in Parliament.

It is widely believed that Kadaga has been slowly building a powerbase within NRM which she would use to facilitate her presidential ambitions.

By backing anti-corruption crusaders especially on the floor of Parliament, Kadaga has managed to win the public support for standing up against impunity.

Kadaga has as well managed to strengthen her relations with women associations and even the international community. She has also tightened her bond with prominent journalists for positive and wide coverage of her activities.

Such strategic political maneuvers have since rattled senior NRM officials, particularly Premier Amama Mbabazi.

Informed sources say Mbabazi believes he should succeed Museveni and sees Kadaga as a potential challenger of his presidential aspirations.

With MPs now publicly calling upon Kadaga to wrestle Museveni, the road to 2016 could be more spectacular especially within the ruling party.

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