George Kanyeihamba, a former delegate of the Constituent Assembly wants the Speaker
of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga to retire in 2021. Kadaga has been the Kamuli
district Woman representative since 2021.
Assembly through affirmative action created several seats for marginalized
groups like Youths, Women and Persons with Disabilities in 1995.
During debate on the provisions, there was a
proposal to put an embargo on lifting of the affirmative action for UPDF,
workers, women, youth and PWD representatives.
embargo was meant to ensure that representatives of the five groups gain
experience and encourage more women participation in decision making at the
Among those who supported the proposal were Miria Matembe and
Prof. George Kanyeihamba while David Tinyefuza and Dr. Kizza Besigye opposed
In a telephone interview, Kanyeihamba explained that Besigye
wanted the women to serve for a single term on the affirmative action slots.
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Now, Kanyeihamba wants Kadaga and other female members of
parliament who have served on the affirmative slot for more than two terms to retire
He says even those on the directly elected seats must retire so
that other women can also benefit from affirmative action.
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Kadaga told the press on Thursday that she has stood for the
same seat to campaign for her National Resistance Movement-NRM party. She
is the second national NRM Vice-Chairperson and of the party’s top organ-the
Central Executive Committee.
Kadaga also downplayed criticism that she has overstayed as a
woman representative, saying that affirmative action is not a donation because
contestants compete and the winner takes the seat.
still supports affirmative action, she believes that women like Kadaga have
overstayed and that they should all consider retiring.
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One of the female legislators who has been in parliament for
long is Ruth Nankabirwa who has served since 1996. Of the 459 MPs in the tenth
parliament, 160 are female. 122 of them are district women
representatives, 2 each for the youth and the disabled.
Kanyeihamba also says that during the commemoration of the
International Women’s Day, there must also be mass education on tools to
protect women from sexual harassment, especially rape. In 2010,
Kanyeihamba wrote in the New Vision newspaper on how women can defeat a
“On being confronted by such a character,
the lady should endeavor to show great signs of welcome and desire to fulfill
the man’s intentions and sexual desires. The would-be victim might say, ‘please
sir; there is no need to panic or use violence. I have always dreamt of being
taken by a man of strength and looks like you. Please, where can we do it, here
or there?” he said.