Kampala. A four-minute phone call from ailing Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, to her mother Eva Kagoya Kadaga, has calmed the family and thrown some troubled Kamuli District residents into a frenzy.
The call came through on Tuesday as people gathered for routine prayers at Ms Kadaga’s ancestral home in Mbulamuti Village, Mbulamuti Sub-county in Kamuli District.
Ms Kagoya, who was beckoned that she had a call from her daughter, was forced to answer while the phone was on loudspeaker because of noise from Ms Kadaga’s voters.
“Mother, this is your daughter Labeka (Rebecca). The problem is that you worry a lot. But by the grace of God and your prayers, I have improved,” Ms Kadaga said in Lusoga, sending the congregation into a frenzy that lasted about 15 minutes.
When Ms Kagoya regained her composure, she said she has been ‘extremely worried’ by exaggerated social media reports regarding her daughter’s health.
“God is good all the time because Labeka (Rebecca) has spoken in her usual jovial mood and repeated the very words she said during the last family baptism of our grandchild in Namisambya - that I worry a lot. Shame upon those who are against my daughter, the rumourmongers and rumour seekers. The Lord has taken over,” the visibly excited Ms Kagoya said.
The Mbulamuti Parish Priest, Rev Eria Lyakota, cautioned people against stressing the family with falsehoods, warning that whoever is doing so will be punished by the Lord.
“When you say Mbulamuti Road is being worked on yet it is normal road maintenance to Isimba dam or that security has been beefed up at her hotel (Century) because she has been flown to Spain to extract her brain yet there was a national auditors’ workshop at the hotel, you are being used by the devil,” Rev Lyakota said.
Ms Kadaga was last month admitted to Nakasero Hospital over fatigue-related illnesses, before being flown to Aga Khan hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.
Her press secretary, Mr Sam Obbo, in telephone interview on Wednesday, said: “I reiterate that the Speaker is alive, recovering and will hopefully return home soon. A person in the Intensive Care Unit can’t speak.”
“All we request is that she is accorded the privacy she needs and I also want the public to know that issues regarding her medical condition are between her, her doctors and immediate family,” he added.
Mr Obbo also dismissed as ‘untrue’ social media reports that the Speaker was flown to a European country. “She is still in Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya,” he said.
Meanwhile, Busoga consortium, which unites all leaders in Busoga for development to which Ms Kadaga is the chairperson, has organised prayers for her at Bugembe Cathedral, Jinja on Sunday.Mayuge District chairperson Umar Bongo, who doubles as the consortium vice chairperson, on Tuesday said: “We have resolved to gather all the people and friends of Busoga on Sunday April 7, to pray for Ms Kadaga.”
Source: Daily Monitor