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Buganda Caucus Split Further Over Speaker's Election

The eight member task force is chaired by Mubende Woman MP Benny Namugwanya. Other task force members include Kampala Central MP Muhammed Nsereko, Wakiso Woman MP Rosemary Sseninde, Buikwe Woman MP elect Judith Babirye, National Female representative for PWDs Safia Nalule, MP elect for Entebbe Municipality Rose Tumusiime and others.
A section of Buganda Caucus MPs backing Kadaga.

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A section of legislators under Buganda parliamentary Caucus have thrown their weight behind the re-election bid of Rebecca Kadaga for the post of speaker of parliament. 

The legislators announced their resolution shortly after holding a meeting to elect the new leadership for the Buganda parliamentary Caucus held today.

The announcement follows another made last week by Godfrey Kiwanda Ssubi, the incumbent chairperson of Buganda parliamentary Caucus declaring support for Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah. Kiwanda also unveiled a taskforce comprised of 25 members to campaign for Oulanyah. 

The move angered caucus members, who accused Kiwanda of abusing his position to further his personal interests. This afternoon, members of Buganda parliamentary Caucus failed to agree on how to proceed on the matter. 

Some of the legislators led by Betty Nambooze, the Mukono Municipality Member of parliament declared their support for Kadaga.  They also set up a task force comprised of eight members to canvas support for Kadaga.

The eight member task force is chaired by Mubende Woman MP Benny Namugwanya. 

Other task force members include Kampala Central MP Muhammed Nsereko, Wakiso Woman MP Rosemary Sseninde, Buikwe Woman MP elect Judith Babirye, National Female representative for PWDs Safia Nalule, MP elect for Entebbe Municipality Rose Tumusiime and others. 

The Speakership contest takes shape as the Ninth Parliament closes in three weeks. While announcing a task force, Benny Namugwanya highlighted the need for Gender parity in government, saying both the executive and judiciary are led by men. She also dispelled some of the allegations leveled against Kadaga.

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MP Betty Nambooze noted that the Buganda Caucus chairperson MP Godfrey Kiwanda should not use his position as the Caucus chair to impose his decisions on the caucus members.

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