KAMPALA – The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebeca Kadaga, has said she was overwhelmed by the many messages of comfort during the time she was hospitalized at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.
Speaking during her thanksgiving prayers at Bugembe Cathedral in Jinja on Sunday, Ms Kadaga said she did not know that she had impacted many people during her long political career.
“I didn’t know I have touched so many lives. God listened to your prayers and remembered the work and sacrifices I do for His people and by His grace and healing hands, I am back with renewed energy and assignment,” she said.
The speaker, who spent nearly a month in hospital, said she is back with renewed energy, commitment and passion to thank everybody for their unwavering support and prayers when she was hospitalized.
Ms. Kadaga said: “It was ‘almost miraculous’ that my Blood Pressure was 500.”
She then lashed out at legislators, especially those from Busoga Sub-region, who fear to speak out for the people who elected them and choose to remain ‘cowards’ whenever unpopular issues arise.
She said she is not happy with some of them (legislators) who betray people’s interests, act ‘mafia-like’ and rallied them to take a stand on the sugar zoning policy.
Bishop Naimanhye of Busoga Diocese, who led his other three colleagues Bishop Emeritus Michael Kyomya, Bishop Patrick Wakula and Sam Egesa of Central Busoga and Bukedi Dioceses respectively, said the sugar zoning issue should be kept off politics.
“Truth will always set you free. We love Mr Museveni and the best we can do to him is to tell him the truth about sugarcane that will endear him to his voters. Sugarcane is the only economic activity after coffee is gone,” Bishop Naimanhye stated.
He added that sugarcane cannot be blamed for deforestation because the growers can be told to plant trees around the plantation.
The Bishop further clarified that the vehicles which President Museveni donates to the clergy and religious leaders are not meant to gag them but to facilitate them to reach out to the people, discover their touching issues and give feedback.