Former Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has said she has faced a hard time of intimidation and blackmail from fellow National Resistance Movement (NRM) members but this won’t deter her ambitions to contest for speakership on Monday.
“Fellow Ugandans and Busoga, I would like to inform you that our party NRM has denied me chance to contest as speaker. I want to tell you that I will come as an independent,” Kadaga said speaking to reporters at Hotel Africana on Sunday evening.
“We see that women are being pushed away. Another thing they are sidelining me because I address issues affecting people. It has been a whole year of a protracted war against me, intimidation,” Kadaga said.
She was speaking only hours after her party rejected her speakership candidature in favor of her former deputy, Jacob Oulanya.
Elections of the speaker is taking place on Monday in the first seating of the 11th Parliament.
Meanwhile reports from State House Entebe indicate that Thomas Tayebwa is also pushed aside and former Forum For Democratic Change supporter Anita Among will now contest as deputy Speaker. Tayebwa has been a key ally of Kadaga while Among subscribes to Oulanya.
Results of deputy Spekaer.
Tayebwa said the vote was marred by intimidation.
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