By Komakech Nicholas
The newly elected Women Members of Parliament from Greater Mbarara, Bunyoro and Central Uganda have assured the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga of victory for the leadership of the 11th Parliament.
The members included Joyce Bagala of Mityana; Asinansi Nyakato of Hoima; Fortunate Nantongo of Kyotera; Hellen Nakimuli of Kalangala and Margaret Ayebare of Mbarara. Others included Juliet Agasha Bishasha of Mitooma; Hanifa Nabukeera of Mukono; Teddy Nambooze of Mpigi; and Susan Mugabi of Buvuma.
Kadaga in social media message and picture, said the elected female legislators expressed solidarity.
“10 newly elected Women MPs today paid a courtesy call & expressed solidarity,” said Kadaga.
The solidarity visit followed a week after the powerful Uganda Women Parliamentary Association declared support for Kadaga.
The group which also include direct constituency elected MPs and some male legislators summing to over 200 members, have uniformly stated that Kadaga should be the Speaker of 11th Parliament.
The legislators made the announcement at the Golf Course Hotel on Friday during a meeting to drum support for the passing of some pending Bills affecting women in the society.
The UWOPA Chairperson, Pamela Kamugo Nasio told the cheering participants that the two arms of Government including the executive and the judiciary are being spearheaded by men and their deputies and that calls for reserving Parliament for women.
“We have come here to get solutions for the issues affecting women and we cannot forget about our involvement in the governance of this country. The head of executive and his deputy are men, the head of judiciary and his deputy are also men, automatically meaning a woman should be in charge of Parliament,” Pamela said.
Kadaga is facing a competition from her deputy Jacob Oulanyah, who is saying the former has exhausted her two terms and it is now his time to ascend to Speakership.
To his disadvantage, Owiny Dolo also comes from Acholi sub-region just like Oulanyah leaving Eastern and Central Uganda with no one, apart from Kadaga, heading any arm of Government or deputizing.