By Sandra Birungi
While contributing on a motion to congratulate the Speaker of Parliament, Ms. Rebecca Kadaga, MPs for the first time urged her to contest for the presidency come 2016.
Despite not expressing the desire to contest for the presidency, it has been alluded that Kadaga might stand for the highest office in the country as she has publicly ridiculed the policies of the ruling party despite belonging to it.
Ms. Kadaga was being congratulated upon being elected chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians International. Opposition legislators talked of her as a neutral Speaker who has defended Parliament and lauded her respect for the rule of law.
Mr William Nzoghu (Busongora North) said: “…The other time I told you that you have delayed to contest for the first office … you will be a good President for this country,” remarked Mr Nzoghu.
Mr Gilbert Olanya (Kilak) said, “My brother in Liberia said this is the best person we need for the Presidency in 2016. The people in the diaspora felt you are the true answer.”
Mr Deogratious Kiyingi (Bukomansimbi) said, “If people from outside countries can entrust you with such an office, why not Ugandans voting you [to] the highest office.” Ms Kabakumba Masiko (Bujenje) added, “I know as a country we cannot miss you to be one of our leaders and at any position”.
Leader of the Opposition Nandala Mafabi urged that “we want you to take Uganda to a higher level. We want leaders who are intelligent and we shall never betray you,” he said. Ministers Rose Namayanja and Maria Mutagamba hailed Ms Kadaga but said she has been groomed and brought to the spotlight by President Museveni and the NRM that has empowered women.
If she chooses to stand, she is likely to compete with other candidates including former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya for the NRM ticket.