COVID-19 cited as MPs are denied chance to scrutinise PM Nabbanja credentials

Robinah Nabbanja reacts after her approval

Nabbanja becomes Uganda’s first female Prime Minister
Robinah Nabbanja, the Kakumiro Woman MP’s approval to become Uganda’s first female Prime Minister was hastily passed through Parliament as the Deputy Speaker, Anita Among agreed with Soyi MP, Abdulfadhil Chemaswet Kisos, to suspend debate citing a spike in Covid-19 cases.

Nabbanja’s name was presented to Parliament for approval and as MPs, mainly those on the opposition side prepared to debate her credentials, Chemaswete moved a motion seeking suspension of the debate noting that the country was faced with a spike of Covid-19 cases and minimal time should be spent in the House.

The former state minister for Health in charge of General duties was named last week by President Museveni as he released the team he intends to work with in his new presidential term.

Kinkizi East MP, Chris Baryomunsi, moved the motion for Nabbanja’s approval, describing her as a hardworking and a no-nonsense person when it comes to fighting corruption and proper use of public resources.

He added that Nabbanja is a patriot, team player and will be able to offer leadership as Prime Minister once given the opportunity.

Oyam South MP, Betty Amongi, seconded the motion on grounds that Nabbanja has a fair understanding of what the ordinary Ugandan goes through since she has risen through different leadership positions.

In her acceptance speech, Nabbanja appreciated MPs for their support and committed to building on a foundation already laid by the former Premier Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda and ensuring that Ugandans get timely and quality services that they yearn for.

Nabbanja, 51, has previously served as the Minister of Health in charge of General Duties. Having come from a teaching background and owing to her service as a Resident District Commissioner, Nabbanja is an avid mobilizer known to every member of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party.

She became more popular among parliamentarians during the age limit debate, as one of the MPs who stood strong in promoting the removal of the presidential age limit.

According to the Parliamentary directory, Nabbanja studied from St Edward SS Bukuumi for both Ordinary and Advanced level and attained a Diploma in Democracy and Development Studies from Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi in 1998. She attained a Bachelor’s Degree in the same field in 2010 before returning to Nkozi later for a Masters’ Degree in Democracy and Development Studies.

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