Kadaga has over the past 20 years occupied the office of the Deputy Speaker and that of the Speaker of Parliament. But she has now vacated the office of the speaker after losing the seat to her former deputy Jacob Oulannyah, who was backed by the National Resistance Movement-NRM party.
Kadaga’s journey at the helm of the legislature came to an end on Monday when she was defeated by her former deputy Jacob Oulanyah. Oulanyah who was fronted by the NRM CEC polled 310 votes while Kadaga who chose to contest as an independent candidate polled 197 votes.
Uganda Radio Network spoke to some of the staff on and off the record with many, saying that they don’t know what to do next. Stephen Bingi, a photographer attached to the speaker’s office who is on contract, says that the mood is low in the entire building especially for the people who have been working in the speaker’s office.
Kadaga is seeking a third term of office as the speaker of Parliament having served as the Speaker of the ninth and tenth parliaments, ending ten years of service at the helm of the legislative assembly. Prior to this, she served as the deputy speaker for two terms, during the seventh and eighth parliaments.
"Salaam Musumba Proscovia …Petitioner Versus Kadaga Rebecca, Electoral Commission ... Respondents. This is to instruct you to represent me in the above matter” reads Kadaga's March 26th, 2021 letter to each of the law firms.
While delivering his ruling on application filed by Gerald Karuhanga, the Ntungamo Municipality Member of parliament, Justice Elubu directed all MPs who benefited from the money to return it either to the Parliamentary Commission, National Covid19 or District Task Forces.
The object of the Bill is to establish the Institute of Parliamentary Studies as a one-stop specialized resource centre for the training and capacity development of Members and Staff of Parliament of Uganda, Local Councils and other Legislatures within the region.