By Vuga Innocent
Most of Ugandans on social media have celebrated the New Vision cartoon of Thursday, which projected Rebecca Kadaga as the best person for the position of the Speaker of 10th Parliament, against her Deputy Jacob Oulanyah.
The hilarious drawing based its content on the aspects of gender and regional balance: both favouring Kadaga for Speaker.
In the cartoon, Oulanyah is seen trying to use force to push Kadaga from the Speakership seat with an unsubstantiated claim that it is his time to take over. “That was your last term vacate,” said the description.
Oulanyah told New Vision on Tuesday that a pact was made in the National Resistance Movement Central Executive Committee for Kadaga to serve her last term and leave for him the Speakership seat in the 11th Parliament.
Besides the absence of the said pact, the election of the Speaker of Parliament is a constitutional matter clearly guided by the articles in the chapter 6. The 6th term of Government is officially expiring on 12 May and the new one will into force on that day.
The newly elected Members of Parliament will be sworn in and are the ones to elect the Speaker.
In the cartoon a woman is seen saying that the seat of the Speaker should still be left in the hands of a woman.
“Whoever wants to dislodge the only high profile woman is an enemy to women,” she said.
All the three ladies who were projected to challenge Kadaga for Speaker lost in the elections. Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa was defeated in Kiboga, Lydia Wanyoto was defeated in Mbale and former EALA Speaker, Margaret Zziwa did not make it in Nakawa East.
Currently, the heads of Executive, President Yoweri Museveni and Chief Justice, Alfonse Owiny Dolo are both men. It makes it difficult for the remaining arm of Government, the Legislature, to also be headed by a man.
The two New Vision posts on Facebook and Twitter was supported by most people who commented on the carton.
“Obviously, Rebecca Kadaga should be left to continue with her work. Besides she is best in conducting business in that Parliament,” said Sophie Nabunya.
A one Nelson Kiggundu said NRM should respect its vision of equality and make sure gender issue is never violated.
“NRM stands for equality for men and women and it could only be unwise for the only woman heading the remaining arm of government to be pushed out in favour of a man,” he said.