Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga on Tuesday returned forms to maintain her position as the 2nd National Vice Chairperson of National Resistance Movement.
Kadaga was welcomed at NRM electoral commission offices at plot 13 Kyadondo Road by supporters including former Housing Minister, Sam Engola, who is also the vice chairman NRM for northern region and Abdu Naduli, the Buganda region vice chair.
Kadaga, the highest ranking woman in government, briefly spoke to media on her wish to continue to serve as the 2nd National Vice Chairperson.
“Uganda has registered significant positive strides in empowering women and gender issues in general. As I speak no budget can be passed at Parliament without the gender equity certificate and a lot still needs to be done,” said Kadaga.
Kadaga has been Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda since 19 May 2011.
She is the first woman to be elected Speaker in the history of the Parliament of Uganda having succeeded Edward Ssekandi, who served as Speaker from 2001 to 2011. She is also the current Member of Parliament (MP) for the Kamuli District Women’s Constituency, Busoga sub-region, a position she has held since 1989.
Born in Kamuli District, on 24 May 1956, Kadaga attended Namasagali College for her high school education. She studied law at Makerere University, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB), in 1978. She went on to obtain a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center in Kampala in 1979. In 2000, she obtained a Diploma in Women’s Law from the University of Zimbabwe. In 2003, she obtained the degree of Master of Arts (MA), specializing in Women’s Law, also from the University of Zimbabwe. In 2019, Nkumba University, a private university in Uganda, awarded Kadaga an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
Between 1984 and 1988, she was in private law practice. From 1989 to 1996, she served as the Member of Parliament for Kamuli District in the District Woman’s Constituency. She served as the Chairperson of the University Council for Mbarara University, between 1993 and 1996. During 1996, she served as Secretary General of the East African Women Parliamentarians Association.
From 1996 to 1998, Rebecca Kadaga was the Ugandan Minister of State for Regional Cooperation (Africa and the Middle East). She then served as Minister of State for Communication and Aviation from 1998 to 1999 and as Minister for Parliamentary Affairs from 1999 to 2000. She was elected as Deputy Speaker of Parliament in 2001, a position that she held until 19 May 2011, when she was elected Speaker of Parliament.
Following the February 2016 general election, Kadaga was unanimously re-elected as Speaker of Parliament on 19 May 2016.