FDC Praise Kadaga’s ‘Defiance,’ Decry Army Shuffle

FDC National Chairman, Amb. Wasswa Birigwa addressing journalists on Friday (by Kenneth Kazibwe)

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change praised as a true admirer of the defiance campaign, case the Speaker of Parliament Hon.Rebecca Kadaga for her stance on the oil cash bonanza saga.

Early this week, advice Kadaga raised a storm on the floor of Parliament when she warned against  what she termed as interference in her work, before  ordering the vacation of a ‘stupid order’ issued  by the Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma to stop investigations and inquiry into the infamous Shs 6 billion payout to government officials in the Heritage Oil Capital Gains Tax case in London.

“I can’t accept a situation where Court will dictate how we do our work,” yelled Kadaga.

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Addressing journalists on Friday at Katonga road in Kampala, FDC national chairman, Ambassador Wasswa Birigwa said Kadaga’s actions deserve an applause for standing firm for the independence of the August House she heads.

“We are happy she has joined the defiance campaign. It was a good gesture by parliament,” Amb. Birigwa told journalists adding that the August House should continue standing firm to serve the people.

He however said government should come out to address the public on the whole amount recovered after the case in London and not only the Shs 6 billion shared.

“We need to know where the rest of the money was kept because it is not yet on the consolidated fund,” he argued.

Army Reshuffle

The FDC National chairman blasted president Museveni for promoting Brig.Peter Elwelu to the rank of Maj. Gen. before being appointed commander Land Forces in the recent army reshuffle by the Commander in Chief of the UPDF.

“It is very unfortunate that an officer who was supposed to be investigated was only promoted and given another position.”

Birigwa also lamented what he termed as begging for mercy by elders from Kasese recently yet they had been victims of the violence in their area.

Brig. Elwelu, who was then  in charge of the Second Division, commanded   the attack  by UPDF on Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu Buhikira palace in Kasese town in November last year, following attacks by royal guards on police posts in the area leading to death of more than 16 police officers.

During the raid, the Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere was arrested whereas over 100 people including royal guards died .


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