Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, the former speaker of parliament rejected an offer to be appointed vice president and set conditions that this would only be possible if it came with another portfolio.
Kadaga was reportedly involved in the negotiations after her recent fallout with President Yoweri Museveni when she opted to defy the National Resistance Movement central executive committee and contested against her erstwhile deputy Jacob Oulanyah for the speaker's seat.
Speaking to URN, a close confidante of Kadaga who asked not to be named in order not to jeopardize their relationship said that the Kamuli Woman MP said she disliked the position of vice president because it's hollow. Kadaga in the past made similar statements while she campaigned for the position she eventually lost.
“She said there is no work for the vice president and she doesn’t just want to sit there and do nothing. Therefore, if they don’t appoint her to another ministerial position on top of the vice presidency, then she would decline the appointment,” the confidante said.
She added that Kadaga who has served for 10-years as a speaker and 10 years as a deputy speaker, said she was ready to become a backbench MP than pretend to be a vice president who will do nothing. Kadaga who has previously served as minister for Regional Cooperation has now been appointed as the 1st Deputy Prime Minister and minister for East African Affairs.
The president instead appointed Maj. Jessica Alupo to the position of vice president, to take over from Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi who was dropped from the cabinet list.
Meanwhile, Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo, the current deputy president of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party for Buganda region has allegedly accepted the appointment, as state minister for ICT and National Guidance.
According to two confidantes, we have spoken to for this story, Ssebugwawo who shocked many after she was appointed minister, said she is ready to work with a man she has spent over 20 years opposing.
“She is waiting for the tempers to cool down for her to speak on the appointment,” the confidante said.
Ssebugwawo didn’t pick calls to her known number when we reached out to her but according to reliable sources within the FDC, when Ssebugwawo lost the Lubaga Division chairperson position, she was approached by people within Museveni’s circles and asked whether she could take up an appointment by the president.
“She has been in contact with them and she should never say she wasn’t consulted,” the source said.
He however added that Ssebugwawo would face an uphill task during the parliamentary vetting process.
“I was surprised that she was appointed because I was told she has no qualifications,” the source said.
For anyone to be appointed minister, she or he must have qualifications of being a member of parliament. These include being18 years and above and also having A-level or its equivalent as academic qualifications.