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I was plotted against, says KadagaPublish Date: Dec 23, 2013
I was plotted against, says Kadaga
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Speaker Rebecca Kadaga warned women politicians to watch their backs.

By Joyce Namutebi

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has said her leadership journey has been full of challenges, with many people plotting against her rise to the top position in the legislature.

Addressing a Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) end of year dinner at Imperial Royale Hotel on Friday under the theme, “My personal leadership journey; how I made it to the top”, Kadaga told women leaders to watch their backs.

Revealing extracts of her yet-to-be launched book about her career trajectory, Kadaga urged the MPs, many of who turned up in the company of their spouses, to also document their life.

She warned them that the political road they tread is filled with potholes and urged them to be on their guard.

“Every night, people are plotting. You must have your eyes behind you,” she said.

For instance, she recalled, after she had served one term as Deputy Speaker, one member told her that it would not be possible for her to become speaker.

“You can be deputy and not Speaker. That’s enough for you,” Kadaga quoted the member as having assured her.

She also said during her transition from being minister to deputy speaker, there was a plot to make her lose the slot on technical grounds, but she overcame it.

She also said in the run-up to the Constituent Assembly elections where she had contested against four men in Buzaaya, people had made it a habit to ask her who her husband was.

During one rally, she said, a haggard looking man asked her the same question to which she replied: “But you, do you think you can marry me?” to the man’s shock.

She said from then on, nobody ever raised the question again.

MPs were in celebratory mood after the Parliament’s passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill early in the day.

Talking about her experience in the academia, Lady Justice Lillian Ekirikubinza Tibatemwa pointed out that it was her experience at Makerere University that opened her way in the Judiciary.

She advised women to take advantage of opportunities available to them, rather than expecting things to come on a silver platter.

Government Chief Whip, Kasule Lumumba advised her colleagues to identify a few issues in their constituencies on which they could concentrate for effective service delivery.

Like she does on several occasions, genderminister Mary Karooro Okurut recited a poem praising UWOPA.

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