The recently concluded National Resistance Movement Central Executive Committee election caused rift in the party leaving spectators wondering what will happen after the polls.
At Parliament, the anxiety was even more owing to the declaration by the Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa that the House Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga is not loyal to NRM and also hobnobs with the opposition.
Kadaga and her team did not respond to the open attack from Nankabirwa, but the writings were clearly drawn on the wall that the two cannot easily work together again. Nankabirwa commands the Government side in Parliament comprising of Ministers and NRM MPs.
On Tuesday, just four days after the tumultuous poll, Nankabirwa appeared at Parliament, went straight to the plenary chaired by Kadaga and even congratulated the latter upon her victory.
“Right Honorable Speaker, allow me to join my voice to those who have congratulated you and your Deputy for winning the CEC election,” said Nankabirwa.
Nankabirwa remains the only senior Government official who unprecedentedly and fiercely campaigned against the Speaker of Parliament in favor of the latter’s rival, Princess Persis Namuganza.
The Tuesday’s plenary started with MPs and Ministers congratulating Kadaga for retaining her position as the NRM 2nd National Vice Chairperson Female.
The legislators who congratulated Kadaga included Bulamaogi county MP in Kaliro District Keneth Lubogo; Minister of Transport, Gen. Katumba Wamala; Minister of Lands, Betty Kamya; Kawempe North MP Latif Ssebagala among others.
Kadaga was on Friday morning declared the winner by the NRM Electoral Commission Chairman, Tanga Odoi after garnering 6,776 votes against Namuganza’s 3,882 votes.