Former Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga yesterday officially took oath as the 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the East African Community Affairs.
On Monday, Ms Kadaga was part of the 17 ministers that did not take oath. However, it was not clear why she had missed taking oath despite other minister disclosing that they had missed because they had come into contact with people that had tested positive for Covid-19.
In a ceremony that was conduced at State House Nakasero, Ms Kadaga took her oath of allegiance and oath of secrecy.
This therefore means Ms Kadaga has accepted to serve in the said ministerial position and is according to President Museveni, expected to among others duties spear head the regional integration between Uganda and other East African States.
This also leaves the number of ministers that are yet to be sworn in to 16 and it is not yet clear when this will be done. The Secretary to Cabinet is expected to communicate when the other ministers will be sworn in.
Ms Kadaga served for two straight decades in the position Speaker of Parliament both having succeeded from Mr Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi who was Vice President in the former Cabinet.
Ms Kadaga was on May 24, 2021 defeated by her former Deputy, Mr Jacob Oulanyah, for the Speakership chair, a position she insisted to contest for even after her party the National Resistance Movement (NRM) did not back her.