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).


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.


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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+2 #21 sn 2014-02-03 17:54
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

Can you name whose toes she has stepped on. If you think she should face it yet you are a self proclaimed NRM follower, just wait for your turn.

Do not think evil wishes will get you any better. On the contrary you stand out to be dealt with squarely. There is no point in you wishing her such bad luck which could easily turn against you when there will be no one to speak for you. just watch your tongue and think about tomorrow. Do not imagine that the rigging machine will always prevail.
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+1 #22 sn 2014-02-03 18:01
Quoting Mwafrika:
some1 somwhere is not telling us the truth, tthe fact i know is that all mail & parcell are checked by JAT agent at every post office withing our great country, so how did that parcel get through????? its even very hard to think that is was sent from outside country

tell us the real truth and not hide behid that it was sent

Maybe these checking gadgets are fake! Or the operators are not well trained!

Otherwise maybe it was inserted right after any checking possibility. It could have been delivered straight to the mailbox. What with all manner of operatives all over the place.
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+1 #23 sn 2014-02-03 18:05
Quoting kato k. hamiidu:
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

Bwana Wadada, how you reason is absolutely

worrying to say the least. Which toes has she stepped on?

I reporting a near death from accident and a mail bomb the same as being a coward. Your are implying that Kadaga deserves to die without any questions being asked! Do you have axes to grind with her?

Sounds like this Wodada man is part of the gang responsible for the attempts!!!
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+2 #24 sn 2014-02-03 18:16
Quoting Kawaase:
One dances with the devil at their own risk! From Karegeya to Kadaga, the chronology is evident!

Greedy guys can't stand decent competition!

Do you remember late Nebanda's movement the day she died? It included a visit to parliament and a meeting with some top person while there. Her sister sat waiting for the meeting to end. She did not make it to another day!

Late Garang came to Uganda and disagreed with some top person. He never made it back to Sudan.
These things happen in Uganda!!

After Besigye's var was smashed with a hammer and himself sprayed with pepper, it was later claimed by a top person while in Kenya that Besigye came with a hammer and pepper.

Only that this was mentioned to a journalist that had been on the scene. So how come it took a whole two weeks for this story to come out? Any resemblance to IGP being the first person at Nebanda's death?
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-1 #25 wodgot 2014-02-03 18:34
What evident do you have in support of your very cheap argument that it was planted by homosexuals? It's similar tactics which NRM leadership uses to justify their actions against people who are opposed to their ill-thought political ideas.

Are you trying to frame Homosexuals and brutalise them in the name of terrorism? Haha ha! cheap politics. I tell you what? go for it and you will have crossed the line now.
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-1 #26 Nakasero 2014-02-03 19:32
Hon.Kadaga, by opposing mainstream NRM and putting her ambitions first to take the reigns of the country and flirting with the deviled West has many, many enemies who are most patriotic Ugandans.

It is her call and her choice.
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-1 #27 ruben 2014-02-03 19:55
-Crusade wars christian killing people
-Wars in Sudan, CAR christian killing people.
-spread of HIV in Uganda Christian
- mini skirts and kimansulo done by christian
- nurse Rose injecting baby with HIV is a christian.
- bombing of abortion clinics in the USA done by christian.
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+1 #28 Akot 2014-02-03 20:43
No surprise; the only person still defying Museveni is the Speaker of National Assembly!

We can't force on humanity laws that go against nature-religiou s/traditional beliefs just because those in position think they can do so - F.Hollande thinks he is god & legalises the immoral - he is the most immoral of all!

It's the likes of Museveni with absolute power that are used by Western Democracy to impose on the oppressed-force them to subjection! This is their dimocracy, not ours!

Once Speaker of National Assembly is out of the way, who will dare speak out against the devil's right hand man in Uganda who has be backing of more & more oppresssive modern democracy with no decency-pride in being humans?

God's day is coming like a thieve & this, no democracy can measure up to it; just like the weather!
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+1 #29 Betty Long Cap 2014-02-03 21:24
Quoting wodgot:
Are you trying to frame Homosexuals and brutalise them in the name of terrorism?

The parcel bomb was a failed terrorist attack on Speaker Rebecca Kadaga. She incurred the wrath of international gay activists when she saw the successful passage of the Anti-Homosexual ity bill through Parliament. As if one enemy camp is not enough, her popularity is a growing concern to the DICTATOR and his presidential ambitions in 2016.

Typically, international newspapers carry accounts on sub-Sahara African legislative threats to homosexuals. But on the parcel bomb, they including New Vision remained strangely tight-lipped. The President should have immediately called for a criminal investigation. Another cover-up?

Rebecca Kadaga is not afraid of her shadow but a multitude of enemies casting those shadows.
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+1 #30 LaKitgum 2014-02-03 21:37
To say or assume a whole train could have been stationed or waylaid in wait to run over her is utterly ridiculous. As one observer said above, it is the train that had and has right of way.

I would want to believe it is the gay activists and not any political rivals wants to do her in and this may and will not be the last attempt on taking her out by death or maiming her beyond being a capable influence anymore.
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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?
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+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?
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0 #33 kizito 2014-02-03 22:49
Bomb from him for inspiring to become president.
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+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.
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+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!
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+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.
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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?
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+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!
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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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