The Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa has congratulated
the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga for her re-election to the NRM party's Central
Kadaga defeated State Minister for Lands Persis Namuganza to retain her position as
the second National Vice Chairperson (Female) for the NRM Party during polls
held on Thursday.
Kadaga polled 6,776 votes against Namuganza’s 3,882 votes to
retain her seat.
During the campaigns Nankabirwa publicly accused
Kadaga of and working with the opposition and urged NRM party delegates to vote
Following her victory, Kadaga praised NRM voters for enduring
intimidation from state agencies to vote for her, adding that she was
particularly proud of the ministers and members of parliament who stood by her
amidst threats by Nankabirwa.
On Tuesday while making her communication, Kadaga thanked the MPs
for voting for her, before several MPs including Nankabirwa congratulated her.
However Nankabirwa denied harassing anyone. She said that Kadaga’s victory was a
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Several ministers who include the Minister of Lands Beti Kamya, for
Works and Transport Edward Katumba Wamala and Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi for Tourism congratulated Kadaga on her re-election.
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Kadaga also expressed concern about the absence of Ministers during plenary. She
noted that many of them are busy engaged in campaigns.
This is after the Minister of Gender, Frank Tumwebaze failed to turn up for the presentation of the Labour Disputes (arbitration and settlement) amendment
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Nankabirwa promised Kadaga that she would ensure that the ministers and MPs attend the
Parliament adjourned earlier than usual. Over
10 items had been lined up for debate.