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If Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga had personally opened all correspondence addressed to her two weeks ago, she could have been a victim of a bomb delivered in one of the parcels sent to her office.

Instead, it is an attendant at Kadaga’s Parliament office who suffered serious facial injuries after opening the “letter bomb” sent to the speaker.

The attendant, Herman Kaboggoza, was rushed to Mulago hospital, where he spent a week in intensive care. By Friday, Kaboggoza was reported out of danger, although he is still recuperating at Mulago.

The Observer has learnt that Kaboggoza picked the parcel from Kadaga’s mail box at the general post office in Kampala.

“When he reached office (Parliament), he opened the parcels and one of them exploded in his face,” a staffer in Kadaga’s office said.

The incident happened a fortnight ago, while Kadaga was out of the country on official duty.

“Because the letter was addressed to Kadaga, they [senders] could have thought that she would be the one to open it,” a source familiar with the incident told The Observer.

According to the Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, a letter bomb, also called parcel bomb, mail bomb or post bomb, is an explosive device sent via the postal service, and designed with the intention to injure or kill the recipient when opened.

Some countries have agencies whose duties include the interdiction of letter bombs and investigations into letter bombings. Sources at Parliament said the senders of this letter with explosive implants could have hoped that Kadaga would open the parcel.

Instead, the ‘letter bomb’ as our source at Parliament termed it, blew up in the face of an unintended target because at the time, Kadaga was away attending international conferences in New Zealand and Geneva (Switzerland).

Tight-lipped

Most Parliament staff are tight-lipped about the incident. Parliament’s Public Relations Manager Helen Kawesa seemed surprised when asked about the incident.

“How did you learn about that? Well, I am on leave, I have not been around; so, I don’t know,” Kaweesa said by telephone, adding; “That is Ranny’s [Ismail, Kadaga’s spokesperson] area, maybe talk to her.”

Several police officers at Parliament, including those attached to Kadaga’s security detail, were also hesitant to speak about the attack. But their body language and facial expressions indicated that they knew a thing or two about the incident.

“Don’t ask me, I know nothing about it,” said a senior police officer attached to Parliament.

When contacted, Ismail declined to comment. She said she had been away with Kadaga attending the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Speakers’ and Presiding Officers’ conference in New Zealand and the Women Speakers’ forum conferences in Geneva.

“We are just reaching home (from the airport), we have been away, I haven’t got any brief on what has been happening at Parliament, maybe I will be in position to comment next week,” Ismail said by telephone on Friday.

We have however established that the investigation has been taken over by the Joint Anti- Terrorism Taskforce (JATT).

Police Spokesperson, Judith Nabakooba, said she could not comment on the matter since it was being investigated by JATT, which comprises operatives from several security agencies.

Target?

Last December Kadaga shocked the House when she told MPs about an incident in which a train nearly crashed into her car near Mukwano Industries in Kampala as she was being driven back home.

“If it had not been for the alertness of my drivers, I would have been history today, last night; a train almost crushed me to pieces as I was crossing the road near Mukwano industries,” Kadaga told Parliament on December 12.

The speaker, whose motorcade enjoys the right of way, told MPs that the train emerged from nowhere without the usual warnings. Kadaga asked the Transport minister Abraham Byandala to look into it. However, The Observer could not establish last week if a formal investigation had been concluded, or even undertaken.

The 57-year-old Kamuli Woman MP enjoys lots of public goodwill, largely because she is seen as an independent speaker who stands up to the executive’s excesses.

And of recent, the Second National Vice Chairperson of the NRM has been touted by her supporters as a potential presidential candidate in 2016, alongside Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya.

Some MPs interviewed believe she has become a target for possible assassination. Other legislators, however, suggested that she could be targeted by the homosexuality lobby given her role in the hurried December 20 passing of the Anti- Homosexuality Bill.

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+1 #31 wodgot 2014-02-03 21:37
Ruben, how about the bombing of the Twin Towers in New York, the London Tube Station in Warren Street, the explosion in one of the london buses in Central london, the bombing in Kampala during the world cup, the explosion in Mugadishu which killed an Army General from Burundi and scores of Ugandan soldiers, the bombing of the American and British Embassies in Nairobi, the killing of the American Ambassador in Libya, the bombing of the UN Embassy in Iraq which ended the life of a UN diplomat,the massacre in Bali, the killing of the British and American tourists in a 5 star Hotel in Indian, the tormenting of innocent Israelis and the killing of their entire National football team?

Are all these done by Christians? My friend, don't start something you can't finish, okay?
 
 
+1 #32 Nelly 2014-02-03 22:01
Quoting Wadada Rogers:
Kadaga should stop being a coward to the extent of fearing her own shadow.

If she has stepped on people's toes, let her face it


Is this Ofowno Opondo aka "Wadada Rogers"? It seems that you're admitting that you know more than you tend to say. Can you tell us? Is that the best way to deal with those with different ideas from yours?
 
 
0 #33 kizito 2014-02-03 22:49
Bomb from him for inspiring to become president.
 
 
+2 #34 Lakwena 2014-02-04 08:02
Quoting Betty Long Cap:
Quoting kato k. hamiidu:
Which toes has she stepped on?
The longer time goes before a full investigation the more likely there is a cover-up.


Betty, it is a syndicated 'coverup' as you said it. In Uganda 'Investigation' is a public relation (PR) gimmick.

When you hear state officials say this and that is under or will be investigated; then you know the crime was state engineered and executed, therefore the damn 'investigation' is dead in the water.

E.g. after 28 years of feigning ignorance about heinous atrocities committed in Greater Northern Uganda between 1986 and 2005, by his rebel army; the NRA/UPDF, Mr. M7 on the 26th Jan 2014, when marking the NRA/M revolution day, publicly said that his government will investigate and bring to book those indiscipline NRA rascals.
 
 
+3 #35 Lakwena 2014-02-04 08:04
That tells you how wicked this guy can be. How do you investigate dead suspects like Fred Rwigyema, a Rwandese refugee whom he deployed as the commander (1987) of some of the operations in Northern Uganda? How does he investigate Gen Kagame, now the president of Rwanda, who was part of the top intelligence operatives?

How does he investigate Gen Kazini (RIP) the for Army Commander, who was murdered in 2010 thereabout? How does he investigate Gen Sejusa (Tinyefunza) who has fled town in order to spill the beans?

The list is long!
 
 
+3 #36 Betty Long Cap 2014-02-04 13:34
Quoting Lakwena:
In Uganda'Investigation' is a public relation (PR) gimmick.


Lakwena, thanks for the translation. If Museveni investigates the attempted assassination of the Speaker, he may discover retaliation of gay activists.

If he does nothing, he remains a suspect. IMHO he does not give a rat's patootie what most Ugandans think. His main concern is external rents from the west and the South Sudanese pipeline.

How long will one man and his cronies hold a nation captive before people say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
 
 
0 #37 Akot 2014-02-04 18:59
Sounds like French social tension! Each time French disagree-compla in-demonstrate against F.Hollande's bad policies that only increases povrety even on those who never before needed social help, his party blames the Righ Wing-Extreme R.Wing for causing unrest!

Well, EU Commissioner blames Extrem Right Wings-Nationali stic parties that see follwers incrfeasing dayly seeing EU's failure to stop immigration - Nationalistic-E xtremes don't need even to campaign for people are tired of waiting for help while those arriving are received in established centers-fed-clo the-given cigaretts that make them sick & need free health care!
UK is worried for over 80% of these good life seekers want to go there!

Ugandans must unite-fight as one before anything else! After putting Speaker Kadaga out of way, who is left to speak against the dictator?
 
 
+1 #38 Akot 2014-02-04 19:17
Betty Long Cap,
Some of us contributed a lot to make the world know who was-is responsible for DRCongo's wars. today all know it's Rwandese tribalism that drives them agaist one another & seek land yonder!
Through Museveni, Rwandese have Uganda & are aiming at S.Sudan!

Thanks Tanzania-Kikwet e woke up at last;
Thanks to Kenyatta to have realised Museveni is not a human being you can work-rally with in quest for peace!

I hope Ugandans unite before Museveni takes control of affaires in S.Sudan & infiltrate it completely as he did-is doing in Uganda while Ugandas sleep!
 
 
0 #39 ruben 2014-02-04 20:08
@wodgot Muslims are just keeping up with christians but are the other side of the the same coin. With with Bush and his axis of evil.

Then Obama with his drones. They confused our ancestors with quotes from these books and will kill quoting from them
 

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