KAMPALA – Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga has revealed that at the height of the fight between the Executive and Parliament over the mistreatment of members of the fishing community by Uganda People’s Defense Forces, one of the Ministers attacked her in her office demanding she stops talking about the army.
Kadaga made the revelation during the ecumenical prayers held at Parliament on Monday which prayers were part of the 3rd Annual parliament week.
The Parliament week is an annual event that was established by the Legislative body to give chance to members of the public to interact with their MPs and get acquainted with Parliament and this year’s theme; “Championing accountability to improve service delivery.”
Although she didn’t directly mention NRM, Kadaga who also subscribes to the ruling party lashed out at some of her party members for seeking to protect the image of the Party and army at the expense of Ugandans who were suffering at the hands of the army.
The Speaker explained: “Unfortunately, there are people in this country who think that if you belong to a particular political party you shouldn’t speak about corruption that if you are a leader in this country, you shouldn’t speak about corruption that we are spoiling the name of the party, spoiling the name of the country.”
It was then that Kadaga revealed for the first time the threats she endured at hands of Ministers who warned her against criticizing the conduct of the army on lake Victoria.
“Last year, when I complained about the harassment of members at Lake Victoria by the UPDF, there is a Minister who came to my office telling me to stop talking about the army that we are spoiling their name. I told him you man, tell them to stop their atrocities that is when I will stop talking and I chased him out of my office,” the Spekaer said.
She also added: “You can imagine someone coming threatening the Speaker not to talk. I want to say, for me, I will continue talking about corruption and atrocities.”