The outgoing Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa
has petitioned the National Resistance Movement (NRM) to discipline former
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga for going against the party.
Kadaga also the Kamuli County MP and Nankabirwa were
embroiled in a bitter conflict that climaxed with Nankabirwa openly campaigning
against Kadaga in two elections including the recent one of the Speaker and
Kadaga who has been an outspoken Speaker when it
comes to matters affecting the local population was seen to sometimes be
critical towards Ministers and Government over their slow action towards some
policies was recently defeated in the Speakership race by Omoro County MP Jacob Oulanya.
Oulanyah got the backing of the NRM party and
polled 310 votes while Kadaga who stood independently as an MP polled 197
Now Nankabirwa who was holding her last press
conference with members of the Uganda Parliamentary Press Association (UPPA), says she is ready to reconcile with Kadaga, but she does not think everything can
just be washed away without Kadaga apologizing.
Nankabirwa says that she has now petitioned the NRM Secretary-General Justine Kasule Lumumba demanding that before anything, Kadaga
should apologize to President Museveni for openly speaking about him, the
Central Executive Committee (CEC) for defying them, and the NRM Party for going
against the party’s code of conduct.
Nankabirwa says that she is ready to reconcile with
Kadaga and if there is something she did that annoyed Kadaga she equally will
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Nankabirwa also claims that Kadaga victimized
Parliament staff and members of Parliament with many of them being shut out of
office, while others were denied opportunities like trips.
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Asked about her performance and what she leaves
behind as chief whip, she says she successfully whipped MPs and also stood in
the gap where Ministers were not present.
According to Nankabirwa, the next chief whip should
really work so hard to whip Ministers who have been difficult to manage, saying
this makes work harder.