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Kadaga told journalists at a Hotel Africana Press Conference that while her NRM Party has decided to field her former Deputy, Jacob Oulanyah for the position, she will also exercise her right to run as an Independent candidate when Parliament meets tomorrow to elect Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
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Kamuli Woman MP,  Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, also the outgoing 10th Parliament Speaker says she will contest as an Independent in the race for the 11th Parliament Speaker.

Kadaga told journalists at a Hotel Africana Press Conference that while her NRM Party has decided to field her former Deputy, Jacob Oulanyah for the position, she will also exercise her right to run as an Independent candidate when Parliament meets tomorrow to elect Speaker and Deputy Speaker. 

Her decision follows reports that the NRM's Central Executive Committee has resolved to field Jacob Oulanyah as the party's preferred candidate for the office of the Speaker of the 11th Parliament.

Dressed in a mixed colored African attire, Kadaga looked calm as she addressed journalists. She did not entertain more questions but briefly repeated her remarks in Lusoga, calling on Ugandans to ask the MPs to vote for her since she represents the interests and needs of ordinary people. 

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She says the major reason she is being chased out is that she has been speaking on issues affecting ordinary people. She said that by ejecting her, the position of women in the constitution has been eliminated. 

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Meanwhile, information trickling from the NRM caucus that had been sitting past 7: O’clock Sunday evening indicated MPS had decided to front Bukedea Woman, MP Anita Among for the post of Deputy Speaker.  Among reportedly garnered 168 votes against her closest rival, Thomas Tayebwa. Tayebwa according to the sources that attended the closed-door meeting got 149 of the total votes cast. 

Others in the races included Gomba West MP, Robinah Rwakoojo Gureme. Sources indicate that other contestants like Jacob Oboth Oboth, the West Budama South MP was talked out of the race. Reports indicated that Ruhinda North MP,  Thomas Tayebwa has also vowed to offer himself as an Independent.  URN tried to reach Tayebwa on phone but he was not answering. 

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