Rebecca Kadaga has aimed a dig at his deputy Oulanyah saying that he is too fearful to be a speaker.
As the race for the topmost position in the legislature continues to gear up, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has aimed a dig at his deputy Oulanyah saying that he is too fearful to be a speaker.
Kadaga made the remarks while meeting with a section of MPs who formed an audience during the launch of her third term speakership bid in a function held at Speke Resort Munyonyo on Wednesday.
She said that every time there is a stiff bill that needs to be passed in Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah will seek hiding, a reason she continues to justify why she is reluctant to leave office.
Kadaga who was first to bring up the issue of the Age limit bill disclosed that while she was away for a western trip, she ordered her Deputy to chair sessions to do with the debate, however, following a stiff uprising from the legislators, Oulanyah rang her saying there was something he could not handle seeking her return.
“First of all, it started when I was out of the country, I was in America, then on my way back I stopped in the UK to go with the Teso who had invited me to speak to the diaspora there, while I was there my Deputy (Oulanyah) rings me saying there is something he cannot handle, he told me to come back immediately because it was urgent, he said he could not handle the age limit debate,” she disclosed.
“So, I came, the first day we did battles, members stopped us from working, I left them. The second day it happened, the third day some came with pistols, I said we must finish this matter and we did. My Deputy (Oulanyah) ran away, far away, out of the country.”
Kadaga who is now aspiring for a third term in office cited another example of when she had an important Sugar Bill meeting in Busoga to attend to but upon asking her Deputy to chair the session, he refused on claims that he was sick.
“That very week we had a sugar Bill, the president had called a meeting in Busoga to discuss that Bill, I told him you know the sugar issue is so serious for my area, chair the session, he refused. After that he wrote to me and said he was not feeling well, he left the whole of December,“ Kadaga cited further.
Meanwhile, as the struggle for the speakership position continues, so far three candidates have shown interest including the current speaker and her Deputy in addition to Ibrahim Semujju Nganda the Kira Municipality Legislator.