New Vision (Kampala)

28 June 2012

Uganda: Kadaga Rubbishes Claims She Plans to Unseat Museveni

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has refuted a story by a local newspaper that quoted her as saying 'I have capacity to oust Museveni.'

According to Kadaga, the story which was published on Tuesday June 26 was a deliberate effort by the editors to pit her against President Yoweri Museveni.

"It creates an impression that there is a quiet power struggle between His Excellency the president and the speaker of parliament which is not the truth," said Ranny Ismail the Principle Public relations officer Parliament of Uganda.

Ranny made the remarks on Wednesday at parliament while delivering a statement by the parliament's Public relations and information office on behalf of Speaker Kadaga.

While meeting with Saudi Arabian deputy prime minister of foreign affairs His Royal highness Prince, Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah recently in Kampala, Kadaga is said to have told Abdullah that she was among the potential people that would emerge as future president after Museveni.

According to the paper, Kadaga further told Abdullah she had the capacity of defeating President Museveni in 2016 if she offered herself as an independent candidate.

However, according to Ranny, the discussion between Kadaga and Abdullah centered on improving the relations between the two parliaments and congratulating Saudi government for strides it is taking in women emancipation.

She said, there was no meeting at Serena Hotel as alleged by the media adding that the issue of the speaker contesting for presidency, was never part of the discussion.

"The insinuation that the speaker solicits for appointments is belittling and degrading of the speaker, who is number three in order of precedence, the appointment between deputy minister of foreign affairs was coordinated by the ministry of foreign affairs and the office of the speaker," she added.

Rany noted that on June 19 when Kadaga went to pay condolences at the Embassy, the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Uganda requested her to make adjustments to her next program since Prince Abdullah was rescheduling his visit to last week to meet Kadaga.

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