Rebecca Kadaga

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Rebecca Kadaga
Rebecca Kadaga, December 2017 (5122) (cropped2).jpg
Speaker of the Uganda Parliament
Personal details
Born (1956-05-24) 24 May 1956 (age 62)
Kamuli, Uganda
Political partyNational Resistance Movement
ResidenceKampala, Uganda
Alma materMakerere University
Law Development Center
(Diploma in Legal Practice)
University of Zimbabwe
(MA), (Diploma in Women's Law)
OccupationLawyer and politician
Known forPolitics

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 woman to be elected Speaker in the history of the Parliament of Uganda.[2] She succeeded Edward Ssekandi, who served as Speaker from 2001 to 2011. She is also the current Member of Parliament (MP) for the Kamuli District Women's Constituency, Busoga sub-region, a position she has held since 1989.[3][4]

Background and education[edit]

She was born in Kamuli District, Eastern Uganda, on 24 May 1956. Rebecca Kadaga attended Namasagali College for her high school education. She studied law at Makerere University, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB), in 1978. She went on to obtain a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center in Kampala in 1979. In 2000, she obtained a Diploma in Women's Law from the University of Zimbabwe. In 2003, she obtained the degree of Master of Arts (MA), specialising in Women's Law, also from the University of Zimbabwe.[5]

Work experience[edit]

Between 1984 and 1988, she was in private law practice. From 1989 to 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 to 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 to 1999 and as Minister for Parliamentary Affairs from 1999 to 2000. She was elected as Deputy Speaker of Parliament in 2001, a position that she held until 19 May 2011, when she was elected Speaker of Parliament.[6]

Following the February 2016 general election, Kadaga was unanimously re-elected as Speaker of Parliament on 19 May 2016.[7]

Parliamentary duties[edit]

Besides her duties as speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, she 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


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 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 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]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Joyce Namutebi, Henry Mukasa, and Milton Olupot (19 May 2011). "Kadaga Is First Female Speaker". New Vision (Kampala). Archived from the original on 11 December 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  2. ^ Wambi, Michael (24 May 2011). "Politics: First Woman Speaker of Parliament Changing Politics". Inter Press Service. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  3. ^ Mutaka, Moses (2 July 2015). "Kadaga should quit Kamuli woman seat, says rival". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  4. ^ Paul, Sonia (26 February 2016). "Will This Woman Replace Uganda's Strongman?". New York City: Slate Magazine. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  5. ^ Uganda Parliament, . (2011). "Profile of Alitwala Rebecca Kadaga". Parliament of Uganda. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  6. ^ Naturinda, Sheila (16 May 2011). "Speaker Ssekandi Quits for Kadaga". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Kadaga Speaker, Oulanyah Deputy", New Vision, 19 May 2016.
  8. ^ Muhumuza, Rodney (12 November 2012). "Uganda's Anti-Gay Bill To Pass This Year: Official". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  9. ^ PGA, . (December 2012). "Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians for The ICC And The Rule of Law - 7th Session". © 2014 Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA). Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  10. ^ PGA, . (7 December 2012). "7th Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians for The International Criminal Court (ICC) And The Rule of Law & World Parliamentary Conference On Human Rights 34th Annual Forum of PGA, 10 & 11 December 2012: Programme" (PDF). Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA). Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  11. ^ Uganda Parliament, . (December 2012). "Speaker Kadaga Receives Blessings From The Pope At Vatican Mass". Parliament of Uganda. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  12. ^ Alessandro Speciale, . (15 December 2012). "Why Does Benedict XVI Receive Anti-Gay Politicians In Audience?". Vatican Insider. Retrieved 6 December 2014.

External links[edit]

Parliament of Uganda
Preceded by
Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi
Speaker of Parliament
2011 – present