By Max Patrick Ocaido
Parliament has organized ‘special’ thanksgiving prayers in honour of Speaker Rebecca Kadaga’s good health following her recent long illness.
Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige, has announced that Members of Parliament and staff will on Wednesday hold thanksgiving prayers for Kadaga and the entire institution at the parliamentary Parking Yard. The prayers that start at 7am will be conducted by the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda, an indigenous, national faith-based organization that unites all religious institutions.
The request to hold special prayers for Kadaga was proposed by Ngora County MP David Abala who in May this year moved a motion for resolution of Parliament to give thanks to God for the health of the Speaker Kadaga. The motion was overwhelming supported by the MPs.
On March 21, 2019, Kadaga collapsed after her return from a 10-day hectic working tour to Morocco and the United States of America and was put in intensive care unit (ICU) at Nakasero Hospital before being flown to Agha Khan Hospital in Naiorbi. She was discharged from Agha Khan on April 13 and officially resumed her duties in May.
Upon her return, Kadaga blasted some sections of the media and public for alarming her ill health as if “falling sick is a crime.”
“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… I know there are those who were celebrating [my ill health], but God defeated them and here we are,” Kadaga said while meeting MPs from the Bukedi Parliamentary who had paid her a courtesy call since her admission.