Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Busoga Kingdom has expressed sadness over the loss of the former Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to her rival and former Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah. Kadaga suffered humiliating defeating during the election of the speaker at Kololo ceremonial grounds on Monday evening.
She polled 197 votes against 310 votes polled by Oulanyah. The Kamuli Woman Member of Parliament who had served as speaker for 10 years was seeking a third term. Busoga Kingdom spokesperson Andrew Ntange says that they had anticipated to get more influential political positions but were instead shocked by Kadaga’s loss.
“As a kingdom, we are under no obligation to make political commentary over the election processes of the speaker of parliament of the republic, but we cannot say that all is well with us, because our prayer was that we get more and more of our illustrious sons and daughters in more lucrative positions without losing any, we didn’t see this coming and we didn’t know the scheme was deep, well calculated and spirited,” he said in a statement.
Adding that, “We are going to learn to live with it now that it has on us. We call for calm and peace and do ask our champion, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga to invoke the lioness in her, to come to terms with this and find only advantages in this. As for Busoga, such is politics and we faced the ugly side of it, let’s move forward.”
Wilberforce Mudiope, one of the elders within Busoga Kingdom says that over the years, most leaders have always capitalized on elevating their individual fights rather than fostering the general transformation of the sub region as a whole.
Mudiope says that instead of lobbying for economic empowerment projects, leaders have instead rallied with foreign allies to boost individual fights against their own which has continuously retarded efforts of transforming Busoga.