Kadaga disrespects the CEC and NRM - Nankabirwa
The government chief whip, Ruth Nankabirwa addresses the press. PHOTO/ERIC DOMINIC BUKENYA

Ruth Nankabirwa, the former Chief Whip of the Government, has urged lawmakers in the 11th Parliament not to elect Rebecca Kadaga as Speaker because she is disrespectful.

The former Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa has urged legislators in the 11th Parliament not to vote for Rebecca Kadaga as their Speaker because she is disrespectful.

“NRM is a parent to many of us. It is ashaming for somebody not to respect her parents. Kadaga should respect it. Somebody must learn a lesson. You must respect your party because it has put you where you are,” Nankabirwa made the remarks on Friday during a thanksgiving and prayer breakfast at Sheraton Hotel.

She raised her hopes that under Oulanyah, Parliament will be even very welcoming for all members regardless of their parties or status. Nankabirwa cited that the 10th house has been filled with pretence and tension.

“I am praying for Jacob Oulanyah to put his energies in that chair and parliament will change from being one of tension and pretence. The tension is too much. Many MPs do things because they fear someone reprimanding them. That must stop. You have to clap for being put on trips or else you miss out,” the former Government Chief Whip said.

Meanwhile, she also spoke about the format of vetting the candidates. 

On this, Nankabirwa noted that even though all legislators are supposed to bow to the Parliament rules, the NRM Central Executive Committee like any other party also devises means for all its members to follow.

“I have been a member of the Central Executive Committee since 2015 and have participated in decision making. Whatever I say is not theory. This is not the first time parliament is electing leaders. We have processes in place,” Nankabirwa noted.

“We even have procedures not written down but agreed upon to create harmony. The way i see things is like we are choosing between death and life. I will always say the truth because it sets me free and no one will gag me,” she added.

Kadaga disrespects the CEC and NRM - Nankabirwa
The government chief whip, Ruth Nankabirwa addresses the press. PHOTO/ERIC DOMINIC BUKENYA

Meanwhile, the National Resistance Movement party electoral commission chairman, Dr Tanga Odoi on Monday revealed that the party will hold elections through which they will decide who to front in the parliamentary speakership race.

Odoi said the voting shall be by secret ballot and voting by proxy shall not be allowed. 

He said the winners shall be declared based on those candidates who shall obtain a simple majority of the total votes counted in the election.