The Kamuli Woman MP, Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga she is ready to submit a notice to the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party to compete in the Speakers race for the 11th Parliament.
Kadaga has been speaker for two terms having served as the Speaker of the ninth and tenth parliaments, ending ten years of service at the helm of the legislative assembly. She is now seeking a third term. Before becoming Speaker, she served as the deputy speaker for two terms, during the seventh and eighth parliaments.
Kadaga is facing a tough competition from her former Deputy, Jacob Oulanya after the Central Executive Committee of the ruling party resolved that all its party members, who are interested in contesting for leadership positions in Parliament should officially express interest through the party Electoral Commission.
This is the first time that the Central Executive Commitee is subjecting candidates to this kind of scrutiny. riding on its numerical strength, the NRM has previously used its parliament caucus to decide on a particular candidate for the position of Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
Those who will submit their interest by Friday, May 21, will be discussed by another CEC meeting on Saturday and if no consensus is reached, candidate names will be forwarded to the NRM parliamentary caucus scheduled to meet on May 23, for a vote, ahead of general polls on May 24. Kadaga, herself a member of CEC says that the regulations were discussed and agreed to by members.
She added that if given the mandate to return as Speaker, she will continue working towards improving MP facilities at Parliament.