By Max Patrick Ocaido
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has reprimanded Ugandans for ‘dramatizing’ and celebrating her bad health when she slipped into a coma in March.
Kadaga who was discharged from Agha Khan Hospital in Nairobi on April 13, especially pointed a long finger on members of the Press whom she accused of alarming her ill health. Kadaga was today (Wednesday) meeting MPs from the Bukedi Parliamentary Group led by Kabweri County MP Francis Gonahasa who had paid her a courtesy call since her admission.
“You know in this country, people make you feel like a criminal when you fall sick. And especially these pressmen, I think for them they don’t fall sick,” Kadaga said.
In her statement, Kadaga seemed to appreciate foreign press better when she gave an example of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari who was admitted in London hospital for close to a year without any ‘media interference.’
“He [Buhari] recovered, returned to Nigeria and even won an election, but here [in Uganda] it is a different case,” she said, adding that they were people who were celebrating her ill health.
“I know there are those who were celebrating, but God defeated them and here we are,” Kadaga said.
On March 21, 2019, Kadaga collapsed after her return from a 10-day hectic working tour to Morocco and the United States of America. Parliament in a statement attributed her sickness to “hectic work schedule, fatigue and jet lag” and was subsequently admitted at Nakasero Hospital before she was flown to Agha Khan Hospital, Nairobi two days later.
Kadaga told Bukedi MPs that she does not regret presiding over the House that passed a request by government to issue promissory notes worth $379m to an investor-ROKO Finasi to set up a specialized hospital in Lubowa- a facility that will treat patients who continuously seek treatment abroad.
West Budama South MP Jacob Oboth Oboth appealed to the Speaker to support and advocate for development in Bukedi sub region, which has been ravaged by poverty and is only second to Karamoja in terms of underdevelopment.