There was shame and sadness as three senior few politicians from Busoga subregion were denied access to hospitalized Speaker Rebecca Kadaga who is currently receiving treatment at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi.
Kadaga was referred to Nairobi for specialized treatment after suffering from fatigue related illness shortly after returning from foreign trip.
At the weekend, Kadaga in a statement issued from Nairobi indicated that she has greatly improved and would be back soon.
“I am glad to report that due to God’s Mercy and untiring efforts of doctors in Uganda and Kenya, I do now have a better bill of health,” Kadaga said, before rebuking media reports describing her as extremely unwell and was due to be flown to Spain.
“…contrary to rumours in the press and social media, I am neither in Spain nor in critical condition,” she said.
Kadaga then thanked President Museveni who checked on her both at Nakasero Hospital and Aga Khan Hospital.
“After hearing that the Speaker had thanked people who had visited her including President Museveni, First Lady Janet, Nabagereka Sylvia Nagginda among others, Salaamu Musumba and Kasule Lumumba lined up to go visit Kadaga on Saturday,” a source told this reporter.
The ruling NRM Secretary General Lumumba and opposition Forum for Democratic Change vice president Musumba are high ranking politicians from Busoga.
Source privy to the Speaker welfare told us that, the duo were told that Kadaga did not want to see any uninvited visitors but they insisted on seeing her.
This forced the management of Aga Khan hospital to inform the Speaker about their presence but to their dismay, she declined to have them ushered in. It is not clear why she refused to see them.
That was not enough, after spending a Knight in Nairobi, the duo returned to the hospital the following day alongside former Vice President Dr Specioza Wandira Kazibwe, known widely as Kadaga’s friend but they were bounced again.
“They left angry and were overheard saying Kadaga is ungrateful,” the source said.
Although Lumumba and Kadaga are at loggerheads due to power fights in Busoga region, the NRM Secretary General last week lauded the people of Busoga for putting their differences aside to pray for the recovery Kadaga.
“She has improved but don’t stop praying for her because we as Busoga and Uganda at large want to see that she is totally healed and as strong as before,” said Lumumba.