By Spy Uganda
Kampala: According to the latest news from our sources in former speaker Rebecca Kadaga’s camp, she has officially responded to President Yoweri Museveni accepting his appointment and assured him that she is ready to be loyal and serve in her new position of 1st Deputy Prime Minister (in Charge East Africa Community Affairs).
In the newly announced 2021-2026 cabinet, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, a Ugandan lawyer and politician who served as the Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda from 19 May 2011 – 21 May 2021, was also appointed the Minister for East African Community Affairs.
”Yes, she is ok with the appointment and on Wednesday at around 1pm she responded to Museveni accepting to serve under the new role,” the source told our reporter.
After losing the battle to retain the position of Speaker in the 11th Parliament to her political rival, Omoro County MP Jacob Oulanyah, many thought that was the end of Kadaga’s political journey which Museveni reversed by granting her more opportunities to serve Ugandans.
Previous Positions Served By Kadaga
She is the first woman to be elected Speaker in the history of the Parliament of Uganda. She 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.
Between 1984 and 1988, she was in private law practice. 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.
On 14 January 2021, Kadaga was re-elected to Parliament as a Woman Representative for Kamuli District.