By Mirembe Martina
President Museveni was reported to have directly attacked the speaker of parliament, Kadaga Rebecca and Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi over their involvement in the EALA speaker elections which he cited was one of the reasons as to why NRM was losing support in many by elections that are taking place in the country.
According to Daily Monitor, President Museveni was particularly not happy that Speaker, Kadaga and Mbabazi had endorsed Dora Byamukama as the speaker of EALA without consulting him as the head of foreign affairs and the chairman of the NRM.
“Mbabazi isn’t a caucus and conducting a meeting with a few people without consulting me doesn’t make it a party position. My choice of Speaker for EALA was Omara Atubo but you scared him when you told me you wouldn’t vote for him,” Museveni fumed at the duo.
He stated that being a speaker does not give Kadaga the power to do what she likes contrary to what he, as the president and commander in chief wanted. “Find your bearing. Even if you are the Speaker, you cannot be more important than [minister for East Africa Eriya] Kategaya and as head of intelligence and commander-in -chief, you should have consulted me. A speaker isn’t supposed to be in dance halls, jumping up and down. A speaker should wear her wig and keep silent until something that needs her guidance comes up,” he said.
Refering to Kadaga’s flight to Arusha to campaign for Dora, President Museveni asked, “The position of Speaker is not campaigned for. Who sent her there and for what?”
Defending the President’s stand, NRM caucus vice spokesperson, Evelyn Anite said the president was simply stating that he should be consulted when decisions are being taken. “… was only saying that he should be consulted when people are making decisions. He was just saying that he is in charge of foreign affairs and should be consulted.”
“was only saying that he should be consulted when people are making decisions. He was just saying that he is in charge of foreign affairs and should be consulted.”