The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party has no manifesto for its members to plunder and rob the country's resources with continued impunity, speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga.
Kadaga says because she's fond of talking about corruption within government, the corrupt are now out to fight her politically. She made the remarks at the NRM party headquarters on Kyadondo Road shortly after her nomination to contest for the NRM 2nd national vice-chairperson (female) of the NRM central executive committee (CEC).
Kadaga was quoted today by Daily Monitor saying that some corrupt people in NRM are baying for her blood, accusing her of being too old and should give way to the youth. She wondered why the same yardstick is not being used on President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who is 75-years-old, but her who is just 60 years.
Kadaga was nominated for the position by the minister for Local Government also Igara East MP Raphael Magyezi and seconded by Amelia Kyambadde, the minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperative.
"Am not here to name names, I said yesterday and outrightly I speak against it [corruption] and there are people who don’t like it when I talk about corruption. I said that as NRM members we don’t have a manifesto to be corrupt. So the corrupt people are doing it on their own not because of the party." said Kadaga.
Kadaga who is contesting against Bukono County MP also the minister of state for Lands Persis Namuganza said, she is confident that the NRM members who trust her leadership will again vote for her.
“I want to assure NRM members across the country that I have been formally nominated; I want to tell them that I’m ready to serve you and I’m looking forward to your support as usual,” said Kadaga.
But Kadaga wouldn’t take any questions on why she has a penchant for contesting for only female positions. She has been a Woman MP for close to 30 years now.
“Eeeh are women not people, oh oh, that’s a silly question,” Kadaga said before ending the media briefing.
Her competitor Namuganza said she was surprised that Kadaga had picked nomination forms. She said in 2015 elections, people stood down for her on the understanding that she wasn’t going to seek another term. Namuganza went to a great length to explain that the decision to challenge Kadaga has nothing to do with their Busoga rivalries.
Kadaga and Namuganza no longer see eye-to-eye after the former went to the constituency of the latter and allegedly installed Gabula Nadiope as the Kyabazinga of Busoga without her knowledge. Namuganza said she was confident that the NRM delegates will overwhelmingly vote for her.