KAMPALA – The State minister for Lands, Ms Persis Namuganza, has picked nomination forms for the position of NRM 2nd National Vice-Chairperson (Female) two days after Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, picked expression of interest forms for the same position.
Ms Namuganza told journalists at NRM offices on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, that it is time for younger leaders like her to take on the mantle of the party leadership and drive the political organisation.
The move is bound to resurrect the old feud between the two powerful women from Busoga.
Kadaga and Namuganza’s conflicts started in 2018 at a function to launch boreholes in Namuganza’s Bukono Constituency, Namutumba District, where the minister reportedly told off Kadaga and Busoga king Gabula Nadiope to concentrate on ‘fighting jiggers in Kamuli’, which to her are a serious threat than ‘poking their noses’ into Namutumba affairs.
Kadaga along with the Kyabazinga of Busoga, William Gabula Nadiope IV had earlier gone to Bukono constituency and installed a chief without her knowledge, which to the latter was an insult.
In response, Namuganza rallied her voters in Bukono to use stones and sticks to chase away the Kyabazinga if he ever goes back to that area in her absence and warned Kadaga to back-off matters of Bukono and Namutumba district generally.
“Kadaga should have declared war on the famine and drought that has hit Busoga. She should have declared war on jiggers that attacked Kamuli. But for her to come and declare war on me, I will also declare war on her because she isn’t immune from death,” Namuganza said according to video recordings.
Namuganza was recently summoned to appear before the Busoga parliamentary caucus to explain the statements that she threatened to kill Kadaga and that of allegedly insulting the Kyabazinga but she snubbed the meeting.
13 out of 32 members of Busoga parliamentary caucus responded by expelling her from their caucus.