Busoga’s endorsement of Parliament Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga is a message not only to her rivals but also a petition to the fountain of honor that the region has long been forgotten.
In a meeting of Busoga leaders last month, they agreed that indeed, president Museveni and his regime had long abandoned the region in all aspects.
Speaker after speaker agreed that the region needed to be included in the vital government programs on order to benefit.
“Have u ever seen the Skills Development Project in Busoga? It is in Kampala and Wakiso. When I asked the President last financial year why the project is not in Busoga, he said it will come to Jinja and Mbale in future,” Kadaga said.
Following the meeting, Busoga leaders have been brewing a scheme to partake of the national cake, these mostly argue that Busoga needs to push for a bigger position in government which will translate into inclusion on vital projects.
This would mean that someone from the region offers themselves for a bigger position or the region endorses one into it.
How does Kadaga come up?
Kadaga’s illness opened a huge vacuum in Busoga, it paralyzed the region in that leaders came to understand that with Kadaga out of the picture, Busoga would be cast out like a dirty cloth.
Indeed, on return from sickness leave, Kadaga during a thanksgiving service in Kamuli Municipality questioned the Basoga what would have happened had she died.
There is no doubt that Kadaga’s absence during illness affected several events in Busoga as most of them were put to halt, while it also for the very first time united Busoga as there were several meetings and events held to pray for Kadaga specifically.
So following Kadaga’s illness, a group of leaders led by MP Rehema Watongola, Prissy Muwanguzi, and a one Lukooki Magezi started a surprise campaign for sole candidature.
These urged leaders and voters to grant Kadaga a ‘stress-free environment to enable her to heal properly and concentrate on building Busoga’
Impact of Specioza Kazibwe
An elder in Mbulamuti, a one Anthony Kasadha who Nile Post spoke to, said that one of the reasons why Kadaga is being fronted to run solely as woman MP is because she stands a bigger chance to scoop the position of Vice Presidency just like Specioza Wandira Kazibwe.
“After Gilbert Bukenya, Museveni chose Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, both male and Baganda, it is most likely that his next Vice President will be a woman and from Busoga again. This means that Kadaga can be our next Specioza,” he said.
Specioza was the Vice President from 1994 to 2003, she was replaced by Gilbert Balibaseka Bukenya.
Kasadha claims that if Museveni were to pick on a woman as Vice President and dump Ssekandi. This would mean that Kadaga, gets the call-up, being arguably the most powerful woman in Uganda and Busoga at the moment.
Kasadha hinted that Buganda’s Premier, Charles Peter Mayiga is the other option Museveni has on the table, but ruled him out arguing that Museveni can’t make another choice from the same region, unless if female.
“We have heard that Mayiga could be Vice President, but we should make case for Busoga, this should be an opportunity for us. Kadaga is well placed, she is female and powerful. She has been speaker but that is not helpful for us enough, we need her as a Vice President to put Busoga back on the map just like Specioza (Kazibwe),” he said.