After about a month and a half of absence, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga is expected back in office this week to resume steering the House.
Kadaga quietly returned from treatment in Nairobi, Kenya on April 13 and has been on bed rest at her Muyenga home outside Kampala. Her return was unannounced to avoid undue crowding by visitors, The Observer has separately heard.
“Yes, The right honourable speaker returned in the country a week ago. She will be in office for the first time since her recovery anytime this week … Parliament will issue an official statement in regard to her recovery,” sources told The Observer yesterday.
She was first admitted at Nakasero hospital last month upon returning from a hectic ten-day working visit to the USA and Morocco.
The speaker’s principal press secretary, Sam Obbo, recently told journalists: “Like anyone else, when you return, you would still need to have some rest at your home before you resume work. The speaker will return to work soon after rest.”
There were two major prayers held in her Kamuli district constituency after she was flown to Nairobi. After her recovery, Kadaga rang her mother in Kamuli reassuring her that she would be home soon.
Kadaga later sent a statement accompanied by a visual recording thanking the press and all Ugandans of goodwill for praying for her recovery. She, however, criticised social media where false reports were published suggesting that her health had deteriorated, necessitating further referral to Spain.
President Museveni visited Kadaga both at Nakasero hospital in Kampala and Aga Khan hospital in Nairobi. Ruling NRM Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa and Buganda kingdom’s Nabagereka Sylvia Nagginda were among the other officials who also visited her in Nairobi.
Supreme court faults Kadaga
Meanwhile, in their verdict handed down last Thursday, four of the seven justices of the Supreme court partly blamed Kadaga for issuing a compliance certificate on the so-called presidential age limit bill.
This resulted in the matter being wrongly included amongst the issues heard in court, they said. The four said the certificate did substantially affect the final outcome.