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Kadaga cautious on Uganda woman president talk

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga

The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga today declined to delve into the debate of whether Uganda is ready for a female president.
                       
Kadaga who was meeting a group of journalists from Sweden was asked for her opinion on whether Uganda was ready for a female president. Kadaga declined giving a direct answer. The cautious Kadaga simply replied that Africa was changing as well as the world, and that anything was possible.

She concluded her statement saying that the former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first elected woman president in Africa who retired in January this year after serving two elective terms, has been a good role model and that slowly by slowly, things will get there.
 
The speaker's statement comes ahead of the 8th March celebrations to mark International Women's Day.  The group of journalists who were paying Kadaga a courtesy call was led by the Ambassador of Sweden Per Lindgarde.
 
"I think Africa is changing, the world is changing. Anything is possible. As a pioneer [Ellen Johnson Sirleaf] she has been a good role model. After her, we’re thinking of Pierre Banda. Then something happened and Banda had to go. I think we’ll get there," said Kadaga. 
 
The Swedish journalists also asked Kadaga about the 2017 chaotic scenes in parliament during the debate and passing of a law removing presidential age limits, with them demanding to know whether the debate had any positive outcome for the country and whether it strengthened the institution of parliament.
 
Kadaga responded saying that the amendment of Article 102(b) in the Constitution pitted people against parliament, describing the processing of the bill as one of the most difficult times for the country. Asked if the process and the amendment strengthened any institution in the country, Kadaga said, 
 
"I don’t know, you know there is only one parliament that has to do this work. You may not like it but someone has to do it. This is parliament, if a bill is there somebody has to do it. You can’t take it to the market, you must do it. I think it was one of those most difficult things that a member of parliament has to do. Actually right now, there are members who are unable to go back to their constituencies because the people out there did not like the decision that they took." she said. 

In December 2017, parliament removed the age limits for person's seeking the office of the president and local government offices, eliminating the last hurdle for President Yoweri Museveni to seek re-election when his term of office ends in 2021.
 
The amendment to Article 102(b) followed chaotic scenes with plain-clothed security personnel raided the chambers to forcefully eject MPs who had been suspended by the speaker. The move saw fighting ensue between the security personnel and MPs. A number of MPs were injured and others detained at different police stations and later released with no charges as parliament debated the then controversial bill.
 
Eventually 317 MPs voted in favour of the bill and recently held a party in Kiboga district. The celebrations went on despite criticism from the Opposition legislators who have since petitioned court to challenge the amendments. 

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0 #1 charles semambo 2018-03-05 23:52
I think the Speaker should consider her self fired for delving in an area which is a preserve of one person the president, secondly the last statement about members of parliament fearing to go back to the people because of the way they voted is like what Tumukunde said that about Besigye.

Unless otherwise stated but her days are numbered.
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+1 #2 gwok 2018-03-05 23:57
Anyway, Uganda is ready for another president, male or female, but neither from the MRM cadre nor from the "... XXX are the most qualified...." tribal cum marital clique".

Dear Mp Mr. RO, please say it again & louder.
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+1 #3 Lysol 2018-03-06 01:09
As far as Uganda is concerned, it's still a man's world.

Even in the US. Those thing goes well with European countries by forming coalition governments with the oppositions.
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0 #4 Dembula 2018-03-06 01:40
Hmm. Kadaga is living a charmed life. First it was Tumukunde publicly praising KB at a funeral.

Look where that got him. Now we have Kadaga effectively admitting that the amendment was not done with the will of the people, hence the MPs' fear of returning to their constituencies to face the music of their own creation.

The mind boggles as to the fate that awaits her. She must not forget that the fallen generals were die-hard M7nists.

She may have engineered the passing of the bill through parliament, but that will count for naught if M7 decides that her comment undermines his position. Watch this space.
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0 #5 gwok 2018-03-07 02:03
Quoting Dembula:
Hmm. Kadaga is living a charmed life. First it was Tumukunde publicly praising KB at a funeral.

Look where that got him. Now we have Kadaga effectively admitting that the amendment was not done with the will of the people, hence the MPs' fear of returning to their constituencies to face the music of their own creation. ....She may have engineered the passing of the bill through parliament, but that will count for naught if M7 decides that her comment undermines his position. Watch this space.


I will watch this space alright, but we know that the Madam has already sent her political capital account to red.

M7 cannot dismiss her from Speaking the parliament beause that psition is not a presidential appointment. However, she s not sitting retty politically speaking and M7 also knows that.

So, I imagine that he would not bother to flog such a politically dead horse.
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