Kadaga Cautious About Woman President Talk

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Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga today declined delving into the debate of whether Uganda is ready for a female President.

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga today declined delving into the debate of whether Uganda is ready for a female President.
Kadaga who was meeting a group of journalists from Sweden was asked for her opinion whether Uganda was ready for a female President but declined giving a detailed response.
The cautious Kadaga simply replied that Africa was changing as well as the world and that anything was possible. She concluded her statement saying that the former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman president in Africa who retired in January this year after serving two elective terms, has been a good role model and that slowly by slowly, things will get there.
The Speaker's statement comes ahead of the 8th March celebrations to mark International Women's Day.  The group of journalists who were paying Kadaga a courtesy call was led by the Ambassador of Sweden Per Lindgarde.
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Meanwhile, the journalists also asked Kadaga about the 2017 'chaotic scenes in parliament during the debate and passing of a law removing presidential age limits, with them demanding to know whether the debate had any positive outcome for the country and whether it strengthened the institution of Parliament.
Kadaga responded saying that the amendment of Article 102(b) in the Constitution pitted people against parliament, describing the processing of the Bill as one of the most difficult times for the country.
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In December 2017, Parliament removed the age limits for person's seeking the office of the president and local government offices, eliminating the last hurdle for President Yoweri Museveni to seek re-election when his term of office ends in 2021.
The amendment to Article 102(b) followed chaotic scenes with plain clothed security personnel raided the Chambers to forcefully eject MPs who had been suspended by the Speaker, a move that saw fighting ensue between the security personnel and MPs. A number of MPs were also detained at different police stations and later released with no charges as parliament debated the then controversial Bill.
Recently, the majority National Resistence Movement (NRM) MPs that voted in favour of the Bill held a party in Kiboga district. The celebrations went on despite criticism from the Opposition legislators who have since petitioned court to challenge the amendments. 


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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.