As she formally got nominated for re-election as the National Resistance Movement (NRM’s) second national vice-chairperson, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga vowed to carry on with her anti-corruption crusade much as it causes discomfort among some top officials in the ruling party.
Kadaga told journalists at the NRM electoral commission offices on Kyadondo Road in Kampala that although the corrupt government officials are out to fight her politically, she will not lose focus since corruption is not embedded in the NRM manifesto.
“I’m not here name names but I’m very forthright on issues about corruption, and there are people who don’t like it when I speak against corruption but as NRM members, we don’t have a manifesto to corrupt,” Kadaga said.
Kadaga first spoke about her fights with some corrupt government officials on Sunday while meeting NRM district chairpersons at Speke Resort Munyonyo. The officials, she said, have tried to label her “anti-NRM.”
Kadaga was nominated for the position by the Minister for Local government also Igara East Member of Parliament Raphael Magyezi and seconded by Amelia Kyambadde, the minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperative.
Kadaga who is contesting against Bukono county Member of Parliament also the minister of state for Lands Persis Namuganza said, she is confident that the NRM members who trust her leadership will again vote for her. “I want to assure NRM members across the country that I have been formally nominated; I want to tell them that I’m ready to serve you and I’m looking forward to your support as usual,” said Kadaga.
Her competitor Namuganza said she was surprised that Kadaga had picked nomination forms. She said in the 2015 elections, people stood down for her on the understanding that she wasn’t going to seek another term. Namuganza went to a great length to explain that the decision to challenge Kadaga has nothing to do with their Busoga rivalries.
Kadaga and Namuganza don’t look eye to eye after the former went to the constituency of the latter and allegedly installed Gabula Nadiope as the Kyabazinga of Busoga without her knowledge.