By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
The race for the next Speaker of Parliament is getting heated by the day as we get closer to the swearing-in of elected representatives in the 11th parliament scheduled between 17th and 20th May 2021.
There are four candidates who have expressed their interest in the position of the speaker and these include the incumbent Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, her deputy Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, and Richard Ssebamala, the Bukoto Central MP-elect.
Today, Speaker Kadaga has launched her campaign for the position at Speke Resort Munyonyo and has clarified a few things that have been going around about her.
One of the claims Kadaga refuted is that she gave MPs Shs50 million each to try to sway their support towards her.
“They said I gave each MP Shs50 million to campaign for me. When I think about all that money, I even wonder. I have not given out any money to any MP to campaign for me. Members are doing so on their own conviction,” Kadaga clarified.
The Speaker, who has been in that position for 10 years has also said that she works for the population as opposed to those who think and claim she works for the state and her party the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).
“Many times, I have stood between the state and the people. I work in the interest of the population,” Kadaga clarified.
The Speaker also refuted claims labelling her to be tribalistic saying that she has always been a speaker for all.
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