Members of Parliament (MPs) have asked Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to stand for presidency saying that she is the leader the country deserves.
This was during a debate on a motion that to congratulate Kadaga for winning the chairperson seat of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Association International.
David Bahati, the deputy Government Chief Whip and Ndorwa County West MP, moved the motion to congratulate Kadaga over the new position. The motion was seconded by MP Betty Amongi Ongom representing Oyam South.
Bahati said that Kadaga’s new position is a testimony for success of women emancipation in the country that he said was ushered in by the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government.
He added that Kadaga’s success is encouragement for the young generation in the country to join leadership without fear.
But Busongora North MP William Nzoghu told Kadaga that she had delayed to contest to become Uganda's first female President.
Nzoghu is a member of the most active Opposition Party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).
He, however, commended her upon the win and urged her to use this opportunity as a chance to become a good President in the future.
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Bukomansimbi MP Deogratius Kiyingi congratulated Kadaga on garnering 76.5% of the vote in the contest. Kadaga managed to win over 75 out of 98 delegates during the election.
Kiyingi said that the fact that foreign delegates could exhibit such confidence in Kadaga's leadership ability meant that Ugandans could trust her with the top office too.
Kiyingi is a member of the Democratic Party (DP).
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Fort Portal Municipality MP Alex Ruhunda said Uganda was lucky to have a strong leader in Kadaga who can ably step forward after President Museveni.
Leader of Opposition Nandala Mafabi thanked Kadaga for diligently serving the Ugandan Parliament and as leader being neutral in her decision-making.
He said he had hope she would ascend to the Presidency because the country desperately needs to cultivate such impartial and fair leadership.
Kadaga was overwhelmingly voted the President of CWP International in Johannesburg, South Africa last week on Wednesday.
She beat her competitor Lisa Baker from the Western Australia Legislative Assembly by 68 votes to 29 out of 105 eligible votes.
Prior to taking chair of the CWP International, Kadaga has been Chairperson for the CWP Africa Region for three years since 2009.
She was also the Vice Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians International and an Executive Committee Member of the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly representing Africa.