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Kadaga Under Fire Over 'Opposition Coup'

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“Giving the leader of opposition a prerogative to move a motion on government behalf was a coup d’état because the population gave us the votes to rule for five years which is not yet over,” Lokodo told journalists who spoke to him at Parliament on Tuesday.


The development comes amidst bitter wrangling between Cabinet and Parliament over the Mandela motion.


The Minister of Information and National Guidance, Rose Namayanja says they (cabinet) are expect the Speaker to offer them an opportunity to “formally” move a motion to pay tribute to the departed anti-apartheid icon.


However, an internal memo from the government Chief Whip, Kasule Lumumba, to the Director of Legal Service at Parliament dated December 9 and seen by Chimpreports, requested that government moves a motion to honour Mandela on December 10.


In a sitting on Wednesday, Mafabi attacked the government over the statement issued by Namayanja, saying “President Museveni should have flown with his ministers to South Africa because they want to be more concerned than others.”


He charged: “Madam Speaker, the government issuing such a statement means the tribute was only for NRM and president Museveni should have carried all of them to South Africa because they want to mourn more than others”.


The speaker ruled that “no side of the house owns the motion to pay tribute to Mandela. Parliament as a whole has the right to decide and the resolution has already been passed.”


On his side, the minister for political mobilization, Richard Todwong says if the speaker rejects the government’s request, “we are going to deal with the Deputy (Jacob Oulanya) to have the motion moved.”


The chaos in Parliament points to the widening of the wedge between Kadaga and the executive.


It is thought that Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi had prepared himself to move the motion before his rival, Kadaga, offered the opportunity to the opposition.


Kadaga and Mbabazi do not see eye to eye considering that both continue to harbour Presidential ambitions.


This website has also learnt that the ruling NRM caucus is sitting Thursday morning.

Glowing tribute

Parliamentarians paid a glowing tribute to the former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died last Thursday in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Members of Parliament said leaders in Africa had strong lessons to learn from Mandela, who after serving 27 years in jail, was voted and served for only one five-year term as President of South Africa.


“Despite his popularity, Mandela served only one term; he remains a worldwide icon for selfless service,” Hon. Mafabi said.


He praised Mandela for fighting the injustice and discrimination meted out by the white minority on the black majority in South Africa.


“He was a skillful politician whose policy of reconciliation saved the country from civil strife and ushered the country into a period of democracy and respect for human rights,” he said.


The Members praised Mandela for his capacity to forgive and reconcile with his former jailers, and handling the country stability following the elections in 1994, which gave power to blacks. Mandela voted for the first time in that year’s general elections.


Members resolved that they should not be mourning the death of Mandela; whom they described as a democrat, a human rights activist and one, who loved children and humanity; but rather celebrate his life and legacy.


Members agreed that Mandela inspired Africans and others to achieve what had appeared unattainable and managed to break through racial and other barriers.


A Condolence Book for the public was opened at the Parliament of Uganda following Madiba’s death last week.


The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, said that she was proud to have signed the petition demanding for Nelson Mandela’s release while she was Chairperson of FIDA, and added that Mandela deserved to be recognized globally because of his outstanding legacy.

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