The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga and her deputy Jacob Oulanyah have both been elected to the National Resistance Movement (NRM)’s top organ, the Central Executive Committee (CEC).
The elections were held on Thursday, 20 August 2020, after two weeks of intensive campaigns that took them to different parts of the country.
Kadaga, who has been part of CEC, won the position of Second National Vice Chairperson (Female) for the third time in a row. Oulanyah, the Deputy Speaker, is joining CEC for the first time as Vice Chairperson for Northern region.
In the results declared by the party’s Electoral Commission Chairman, Tanga Odoi, Kadaga obtained 6,776 votes against the Minister of State for Lands, Hon Persis Namuganza who scored 3,882 votes.
In her campaign speech on Wednesday, Kadaga said she has and will continue to work towards formulation of policies in the CEC particularly in issues concerning advancement and protection of women and their rights, and will advocate for the minorities especially the disabled and people living with Albinism.
She added that she will continue working for equity for girl child education and better facilities of health and education in the Island communities.
“I bring exposure, knowledge, experience and commitment to the causes of the National Resistance Movement, of the women, of society and of human rights. Let me judged for my work,” Kadaga said.
Deputy Speaker Oulanyah got 7,473 beating Hon Sam Engola the incumbent.
Engola got 1,665 votes. The other contestants, Timothy Okee and Odongo Oledo garnered 895 and 277 votes respectively.
In his remarks Oulanyah said that he sought to make a contribution to the progress of the country.
He pledged to bridge the disconnection between the top and the grassroots leadership of the party.
“We need to empower the party structures so that they can stand strong and be recognised for their worth. The journey is about what we can do together,” he said.
In the other results, the State Minister for Housing, Hon Dr. Chris Baryomunsi took the Vice Chairperson slot for western Uganda after defeating Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza by 5,947 to 2,550 votes.
Singh Katongole won Kampala region with 4,503 votes, and the State Minister for Housing, Hon Godfrey Kiwanda won the Buganda region position with 4,749 votes.
The Central Executive Committee provides and exercises political leadership in and formulates policy for consideration by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.
The organ also recommends to NEC, NRM candidates seeking nomination for the offices of National Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General and National Treasurer and presidential candidate for NRM.
CEC also prescribe rules and regulations for the functioning and operation of special organs and caucuses.
The NRM will now hold its party primaries that will see candidates selected to contest for the different positions at national and local government level.
This is in preparation for national general elections that will be held in early 2021