Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga Biography
Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga is the first woman to be elected Speaker in the history of the parliament of Uganda. File Photo

Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga born on 24 May 1956 is the first woman to be elected Speaker in the history of the parliament of Uganda. See the full biography at Flash Uganda Media

Biography – Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga is a Ugandan lawyer and politician who has been the Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda since 19th May 2011, the highest position in the national leadership of Uganda till date. 

She is the first woman to be elected Speaker in the history of the parliament of Uganda. She succeeded the current Vice President of the Republic of Uganda Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, who served as the Speaker from 2001 to 2011. 

Kadaga is currently the Woman Member of Parliament (MP) for Kamuli district, Busoga sub-region, a position she has held since 1989. 

She’s a great woman with influence on the political, social and economic dynamics of Uganda.

Rebecca Kadaga elected Deputy Speaker of Parliament Uganda
She is the first woman to be elected Speaker in the history of the parliament of Uganda.

Early Life and Education

Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga was born on 24th May 1956 in Kamuli District to Mr George Wilson Madaali (father) and Eve Kagoya Kadaga (mother)

Rebecca Kadaga attended Shimon Demonstration School for her Primary Education from where she obtained her Primary Leaving (PLE) result in 1968.

From Shimon Demonstration School, Kadaga joined St Catherine S.S Lira for her secondary school education from where she obtained her Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) in 1972.

And then Kamuli College Namasagali for her A-level education where she obtained her Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) in 1974. 

From Namasagali Kadaga was admitted to Makerere University, to study Bachelor of Laws and then graduated in 1978. 

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She went on to obtain a diploma in legal practice from the Law Development Centre in Kampala in 1979. In 2000, she obtained a diploma in women’s law from the University of Zimbabwe. 

And in 2003, she obtained the degree of Master of Arts (MA), specialising in women’s law, also from the University of Zimbabwe.

Work and Experience

Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga Commonwealth
She served as a member of parliament Kamuli district in the district women’s constituency

Between 1984 and 1988, she was in private law practice, Advocate at Kadaga and Company Advocates.

From 1989 to 1996, she served as a member of parliament Kamuli district in the district women’s constituency.

However, during her service from 1989-1999, Kadaga won accolades of distinguished service in many portfolios when she served as a cabinet/State Minister. 

Kadaga has held many high profile positions and played a leading role in women empowerment activities at national and international levels.

She has been the Vice-Chairperson of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (international) as well as an executive committee member of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly representing Africa

Kadaga has been the chairperson of Commonwealth Women leaders of political parties to appreciate the value of increasing the number of women in the high position of leadership.  

She served as the chairperson of the university council for Mbarara University, between1993 and 1996. In 1996, Kadaga served as Secretary-General of the East African Women Parliamentarians Association.

From 1996-1998, Rebecca Kadaga was the Ugandan minister of state for regional cooperation (Africa and the Middle East).

From 1998 to 1999 Kadaga served as minister of State for Works. 

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From 1999 to 2000, Kadaga served as a minister for Parliamentary Affairs

From 2001-2006, Kadaga was elected and served as the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, and re-elected again in 2006 a position that she held until 19 May 2011.

In 2011, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga was elected the Speaker of Parliament a position she held until 2016.

And following the February 2016 general election, Kadaga was unanimously re-elected as speaker of parliament on 19th may 2016 until today, thus becoming the first woman to be elected in that position in the history of Uganda.

Article 82 of the Constitution provides that there shall be a Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament who is elected by Members of Parliament from among their number. 

The Speaker chairs all sittings of Parliament and ensures that debates are handled following the Rules of Procedure.

As head of the institution of the legislature which is the second arm of government, the Speaker represents Parliament in its corporate relations.

The Speaker may after consultations with the President prorogue Parliament by proclamation.

The Speaker may also, by proclamation, appoint such a place and time within Uganda where Parliament shall sit.

Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga also served as the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) chairperson between 2016-2013.

Parliamentary Duties

Besides her duties as the Speaker of the Ugandan parliament, Kadaga sits on the following parliamentary committees:

  • Appointments committee-The committee reviews all cabinet appointments by the president, and may approve or reject an appointment: The speaker chairs the committee 
  • The parliamentary Commission – The speaker chairs the commission
  • The business Committee – The speaker chairs the committee
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CONTROVERSY

Kadaga vowed to pass the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality bill through parliament by December 2012, the bill – sometimes referred to as the “kill the gays’ bill” – at one time, she thought of making homosexuality punishable by death or life imprisonment, but later removed the death penalty option from the bill. She says it will become law since most Ugandans “are demanding it”.

In December 2012, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga was in Rome to a speech at 7th Session of the Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians for the International Criminal Court and Rule of Law. 

Reports circulated that Kadaga received a blessing from Pope Benedict XVI at a Vatican mass. Soon after the news broke, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi issued a statement that said: “relations with the delegation were not out of the ordinary and no blessing was given.”

The group of Ugandan MPs greeted the pope “just like any other individuals attending an audience with the pope would” and this was “by no means a specific sign of approval of Kadaga’s actions or proposals.”

Kadaga Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians
Kadaga at Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians meeting.

Hobbies

  • Reading novels
  • Historical sites
  • Travelling 

Special Interest

  • Campaign against cancers

Professional Body

  • Uganda Law Society
  • International Federation of Women Lawyers
  • Rotary International
  • East Africa Law Society

Net Worth

  • Estimated Net Worth in 2019 for Kadaga was $1Million – $5 Million (Approx)
  • 2018 was between $100,000 – $1Million net worth.

Primary Income Source

  • Lawyer