At a press briefing that lasted for not more than two minutes, Rebecca Kadaga denounced the decision of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) that rejected her bid for Speaker of the 11th Parliament.
Kadaga who has been Speaker of Parliament since 2011 found herself in a bitter rivalry over the seat with Jacob Oulanyah, a man who has been her deputy for the same period.
The CEC this morning endorsed Oulanyah as the official party candidate for Speaker, ending days of disagreements within the ruling party’s top policy organ.
But the decision seems to be threatening cohesion within the party that enjoys a commanding majority in Parliament.
From the CEC meeting in Entebbe, Kadaga addressed journalists at Hotel Africana in Kampala at which she accused the party leadership of fighting her.
“I wasn’t given an opportunity to present myself to the electorate because of the major reason that I speak for the ordinary people, I will continue to do so,” Kadaga said.
Without the party’s support, Kadaga is determined to fight on and expressed her readiness to present herself at Monday’s elections.
“For about a year, the party has been fighting me. During the CEC elections, they used a lot of money and intimidation but I defeated them,” Kadaga said.