There was excitement at Parliament on Friday when the Speaker of
Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga resumed her duties after close to a month absent.
Kadaga resumed business today as she launched the Common Wealth Parliamentary
conference Website in her boardroom. Kadaga
fell ill on March 21st and was first hospitalized at Nakasero Hospital
following her return from trips in New York, USA and Rabat, Morocco.
She was airlifted to Aga Khan Hospital Nairobi.
On Friday, Kadaga was welcomed back by excited Members of Parliament, Parliament
staff and the clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige. Kadaga entered the board room dressed in green African wear, Kitenge.
Unveiling the website Kadaga who appeared to be recovering, took time to answer questions from journalists relating to the conference.
Kadaga said the Commonwealth event would attract over 500 legislators from the Commonwealth
countries who would each spend at least 2,000 US dollars in Uganda.
Asked if the issues of kidnap and crime in the country will not impede the
attendance of the conference, Kadaga said Uganda has an uphill task to assure
the visitors that the country is safe. She called for tourism departments to
take advantage of the visitors who will attend the conference.
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Led by the Kasilo County MP, Elijah Okupa, the MPs thanked God for protecting
Kadaga and bringing her back. He said they were delighted to see the Speaker.
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After the launch, parliament staff who were donned in parliament
uniform sang Christian Hymns. They also thanked the speaker and welcomed
her back with a basket of fruits and flowers.
Kadaga then remained in her office meeting several people, majority of whom
were MPs lining up to meet her.
The Conference will be held on 23rd -29th September.