By Komakech Nicholas
A total of 95 elected members of Parliament from the sub-regional caucuses of Karamoja, Bukeddi and Busoga have endorsed Rebecca Kadaga for the position of Speaker of the 11th Parliament.
The endorsement started on Saturday at Hotel Africana Kampala where most MPs were seen donning on T-shirts inscribed Rebecca Kadaga for Speaker.
The first group to endorse the Speaker was the ones from Karamoja numbering 25 out of 26. The Nakapiripirit woman MP, Anyakun Esther and her colleagues declared at Hotel Africana that Kadaga remains the best candidate to steer the 11th Parliament.
“We have unanimously decided to endorse, support and campaign for Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga to continue with her leadership of Parliament,” said Anyakun.
Members of Parliament from Bukeddi sub-region also pronounced that Kadaga has proven to be a trusted and committed Speaker. 30 elected MPs from the region moved and passed a resolution to maintain Kadaga as the Speaker of 11th Parliament.
Meanwhile 40 out of 44 elected Members of Parliament from Busoga have also endorsed Rebecca Kadaga. The endorsement happened on Sunday at Hotel Africana.
Kadaga’s supporters say she has the political spine to uphold the integrity and prestige of Parliament.
Kadaga is a cherished recipient of Grand Officer of the Republic of Benin from the President of Benin in 2014 in recognition of her work as humanity campaigner.
She is also the African Speaker of the Year 2018 awarded by the London Political Summit.
The Speaker is the first woman to establish a law firm in Uganda inspiring thousands of ladies currently flourishing lawyers in Kampala, Gulu Mbarara, Mbale etc.
During Kadaga’s tenure as the President of Female Lawyers Association, FIDA between 1986 and 1989, the first legal aid clinic in Uganda to support the ordinary people and the unprivileged was created.
Uganda Law Society on Christmas Eve of 2020 bestowed on Rt. Hon. Rebecca the Rule of Law Award.
Parliament of Uganda under Kadaga is the first in the world to introduce the Certificate of Gender Equity. The UN Women recognized Kadaga for the achievement in 2018.