16 April 2019

Uganda: Speaker Kadaga Back From Hospital

Kampala — The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, has returned from the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, where she had been admitted.

"Yes, that is correct, she is back from the hospital," Mr Sam Obbo, her principal press secretary, said when asked if the Speaker had returned.

Mr Obbo said Ms Kadaga came back on Saturday and is now resting at her home.

"At an appropriate time, we shall issue a statement on her condition," he said.

Ms Kadaga was taken to Nakasero Hospital in Kampala on March 21 suffering from what Mr Obbo called "jetlag and fatigue."

However, her condition worsened and she was transferred to Aga Khan Hospital.

Asked when Ms Kadaga is likely to resume her Parliament duties, Mr Obbo said he was not certain.

"She is still having a bed rest and it would too much for her to start work soon. For someone who has been admitted for close to four weeks, she will need time to rest and at an appropriate time, she will resume work when she feels she has fully recovered," he added.

Prior to her discharge, Ms Kadaga released a statement on April 6, saying she was feeling better and would be returning home soon.

"Fellow Ugandans, I send you greetings. As you are all aware, I fell ill on March 21, 2019, after returning from international engagements on behalf of the country. I was in Nakasero Hospital and later relocated to the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi. I am glad that due to God's mercy and untiring efforts of doctors in Uganda and Kenya, I do now have a better bill of health... I would like to assure the country that I am still at Aga Khan Hospital and hope to be discharged soon," she stated.

On April 7, on her Twitter handle, the Speaker said she was looking forward to resuming her official duties after being discharged.


"Greetings. I would like to thank you for your prayers and messages of encouragement when I was taken ill. I will soon be discharged and I look forward to resuming my duties of service to Uganda," she stated.

Ms Kadaga called her mother on April 5 telling her that she was well, calming down tension arising from speculation that her health had deteriorated.

Well-wishers and supporters gathered to pray for her at her ancestral home in Mbulamuti Village, Mbulamuti Sub-county in Kamuli District.

"Mother, this is your daughter Labeka (Rebecca). The problem is that you worry a lot. But by the grace of God and your prayers, I have improved," Ms Kadaga said.

"Shame upon those who are against my daughter, the rumour-mongers and rumour seekers. The Lord has taken over," the mother Ms Kagoya responded.

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