Ms Kadaga described as a woman of ‘good stature’ by colleagues
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has on Monday chaired a session at the ongoing Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting.
She was elected Sunday evening at the ongoing 5-day, 135th IPU assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.
Kadaga leading Uganda’s delegation of four members of parliament; Mr Raphael Magyezi, Mr Mourine Osoru, Mr Latif Sebaggala, and Mr Fransis Mwijukye who are attached to the various committees of the assembly last week added an emergency item entitled: Guaranteeing the safety of migrants on their way to countries of destination.
Uganda in its submission said the world was alarmed by the daily reports of migrants drowning at sea as they flee from their countries for reasons beyond their control.
Kadaga’s team then invited governments to implement previous IPU resolutions on migration that call for urgent, coordinated and robust action to save lives of migrants and the UN to put in place a migrant rescue force in the Mediterranean Sea to supplement and/or take over from the efforts of the Governments of Greece and Italy.
Speakers from Ethiopia and Madagascar withdrew their candidature in favour of Ms Kadaga whom they described as a woman of “good stature and defender of women and human rights.”
By this position, Ms Kadaga will be leading all African parliaments that are members of the IPU. She will, on behalf of IPU, coordinate pertinent governance and emergency matters on the African continent.