Rebecca Kadaga

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Rebecca Kadaga
Born (1956-05-24) 24 May 1956 (age 58)
Kamuli, Uganda
Residence Kampala, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Ethnicity Musoga
Citizenship Uganda
Education Bachelor of Laws
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Diploma in Legal Practice
Law Development Center, Kampala, Uganda
Diploma In Women's Law
University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Master of Arts
University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.
Occupation Lawyer & Politician
Years active 1984 – present
Known for Politics
Home town Kamuli
Title Speaker of Parliament
Religion Anglican

Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga is a Ugandan lawyer and politician who has been Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda since 19 May 2011.[1] She is the first female to be elected Speaker in the history of Parliament in Uganda.[2] She succeeded Edward Ssekandi, who served as Speaker between 2001 and 2011. She is also the current Member of Parliament (MP) for the Kamuli District Women's Constituency, Busoga sub-region, a position she has served in since 1989.

Background[edit]

She was born in Eastern Uganda in Kamuli District on 24 May 1956.[3]

Education[edit]

Rebecca Kadaga attended Namasagali College for her high school education. She graduated with a law degree (LLB) from Makerere University in 1978. She went on to obtain the Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center in Kampala in 1979. In 2000, she obtained the Diploma in Women's Law from the University of Zimbabwe. In 2003, she obtained the degree of Master of Arts (MA), specializing in Women's Law, also from the University of Zimbabwe.[4]

Work experience[edit]

Between 1984 and 1988, she was in private law practice. From 1989 until 1996, she served as the member of parliament for Kamuli District in the District Woman's Constituency. She served as the Chairperson of the University Council for Mbarara University, between 1993 and 1996. During 1996, she served as Secretary General of the East African Women Parliamentarians Association.

From 1996 until 1998, Rebecca Kadaga was the Ugandan Minister of State for Regional Cooperation (Africa and the Middle East). She then served as Minister of State for Communication and Aviation, from 1998 until 1999. Between 1999 and 2000 she was the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs. She was elected Deputy Speaker of Parliament in 2001,[5] a post she has held until Thursday 19 May 2011, when she was elected Speaker of Parliament.[6]

Parliamentary duties[edit]

Besides her duties as speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, she sits on the following parliamentary committees:[7]

  • 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

Controversy[edit]

Kadaga has vowed to pass the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill through parliament by December 2012. The bill – often called the "Kill the Gays bill" by left leaning media outlets – At one time, sought to make acts of 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".[8]

In December 2012, Kadaga was in Rome to give a speech at the Seventh Session of the Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians for the International Criminal Court and the Rule of Law.[9][10] Reports have circulated that Kadaga received a blessing from Pope Benedict XVI at a Vatican mass.[11] 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.”[12]

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Parliament of Uganda
Preceded by
Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi
Speaker of Parliament
2011 – Present
Incumbent