NRM Party endorsed Dora Byamukama as its preferred candidate for East African Legislative Assembly Speakership.Daudi Migereko the Government Chief Whip went ahead to announce that any other NRM candidate who contravenes that position by declaring interest in the seat will be considered as an indiscipline case under the ruling NRM party.
“As far as we are concerned, our position is that Dora [Byamukama] is the candidate we have fronted. No one else has come to us to express their interest in the seat and no one else has notified government of their intended candidature.” Migereko the Government Chief Whip was quoted saying.
This however did not block the interests of other people like Margaret Nantongo Zziwa who went ahead to contest for the post and is already sworn in to serve a five year term as EALA speaker.
A lot justifies her victory,that it may perhaps drive away disappointment over the loss of Dora Byamukama.People who have worked with Zziwa say she is an open minded and intelligent lady who admires research .
Zziwa’s speech could have also contributed to her victory.Most legislators who witnessed her campaign said Zziwa’s argument was mature and gave hope to legislators. “Zziwa delivered a good speech, she appealed to many people and she appeared mature,” the MP said on condition of anonymity.It is no wonder that she garnered 33 votes against NRM party’s favorite Dora Byamukama.
Margaret Nantongo Zziwa holds a Master’s degree in Policy (Applied Social Research) of the University of Stirling, UK and another MA in Gender and Women Studies of Makerere University.
She is also a holder of Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education, a diploma in legislative drafting and another diploma in trade and policy from TRAPCA-ESAMI.
Zziwa was first elected to EALA in 2007 and is serving her second term in the regional assembly. In her first term, she served on the committee of communication, trade and investment (CTI) as well as being a member of the general purpose committee and regional affairs.