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Yes, Kadaga is ready to face up to the challenges

By Vision Reporter

Added 17th May 2011 03:00 AM

SHE is a seasoned female politician. She is confident and intelligent. She is consistent in the way she handles business in the August House. She is a woman of integrity.

SHE is a seasoned female politician. She is confident and intelligent. She is consistent in the way she handles business in the August House. She is a woman of integrity.

By Tezira Jamwa

SHE is a seasoned female politician. She is confident and intelligent. She is consistent in the way she handles business in the August House. She is a woman of integrity.

That is Rebecca Kadaga, the Deputy Speaker and Woman Member of Parliament for Kamuli district, currently seeking election as Speaker of the 9th Parliament.

I first met Kadaga in the 6th Parliament — 1996-2001. I found her to be a courageous woman who speaks her mind, a principle that is generally rare among politicians.

Her impartiality while executing her duties both as a minister in government and Deputy Speaker has been one of the qualities that has endeared her to her colleagues in parliament.

With a Masters in Law from the University of Zimbabwe (2002-2003), no better person is suited to be Speaker of the 9th Parliament than Kadaga. She also has a post-graduate diploma (1st Class,) in women’s Law from the University of Zimbabwe (2000).

Kadaga is one of the most seasoned women politicians who has been groomed by the NRM government. There is no doubt she is an epitome of a true role model to both women and girls in Uganda.

The women of Uganda and the voiceless in society see Kadaga as their top voice in Parliament. Her method of work of inclusiveness and loyalty to the NRM party, is an embodiment of unwavering support to issues that are dear to the heart of Ugandans.

Her parliamentary management and leadership skill has been exemplary, recognised and highly appreciated in Uganda. Her legal and professional experience at the High Court of Uganda adds to the expertise of a capable speaker.

Her experience in parliamentary management is very strong because of the exposure she has at both national and international levels. She has attended several Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) meets, Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) conferences and other summits around the world.

In 2009, she became the chairperson of the organising committee of the 12th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers (CPA) African region that took place in Kampala.

Her lobbying skills at international level have been exceptional. For instance, she spearheaded the lobbying of Parliament to host the next Global Parliamentary Conference, called the 126th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) scheduled to take place in Kampala in March/April 2012.

She has also been at the forefront of championing women empowerment by participating actively in women organisation like the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA). She was president of FIDA from1986 to1989. Her activism in the women movement has gone beyond the Uganda boarders.

In July 2010, Kadaga was elected to head the Commonwealth Women Parliamentary delegation in Africa. She is the president of Women Members of Parliament in the Commonwealth Countries in Africa.

In December 2010, she led the African Regional Commonwealth Women Parliamentary (CWP) delegation to Abuja, Nigeria to lobby for increased representation of women in West Africa. To an ordinary person, this is a service executed with humility and total commitment to the women’s cause.

Hon. Kadaga’s contribution to institutional development is unquestionable. In 1993 – 1996, she was the chairperson of University Council, Mbarara University of Science and Technology. She was also a member of the National Council for Children (1991-1994) and board member of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) (1990-1993). She also chaired several commissions of inquiry.

She has been deputy speaker in the 7th and 8th parliaments. Between July 1996 and April 1999 she served as Minister of Parliamentary Affairs (cabinet portfolio), Minister of State for Communication in charge of Aviation and was also appointed Minister of State Regional Cooperation in charge of Africa and the Middle East.

During Kadaga’s tenure in the 6th parliament, she was always ready to give legal expertise and guidance while reviewing and scrutinising Bills before they were enacted into law. This she did with passion and honesty. I also discovered that as a politician, she does not delve into the politics of intrigue and mystery.

With this wealth of experience, exposure and track record, Kadaga is ready to diligently serve the 9th parliament with humility and commitment.

Yes, Kadaga is ready to face up to the challenges

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