By Vision Reporter
The Government has described as false statements made by the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, against the Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.
The minister without port-folio told a news conference in Kampala on Thursday that the statements by Kadaga that the Executive was undermining the institution of Parliament were made-up.
Presiding over plenary session on Tuesday Kadaga, complained about comments allegedly made by the Premier in the media.
“The Prime Minister has tried to call the Speaker to iron out the said misunderstanding but the Speaker refused to pick her phone. She cannot be blamed for not picking the Prime minister’s calls because she is a busy person,” Todwong said.
But Kadaga said it was wrong to allege that the Prime Minister failed to reach out to her. “It’s not true that I could not be found. It’s also not factual to say that I am not accessible. I have a Principal Private Secretary, the Clerk to Parliament and other secretaries,” Kadaga told the House on Thursday after Dokolo MP Cecilia Ogwal raised the matter.
Todwong who was optimistic that the issue will be solved internally added, “We (Cabinet) did not know that it was a big issue, until the Speaker spoke out.”
As a result, he said, Cabinet has directed the Attorney General to take legal action against the media house for allegedly publishing a false story that has caused tension between Cabinet and Parliament.
Todwong categorically stated that the Prime Minister has never described the Speaker an opposition sympathizer as reported in the paper.
A furious Kadaga in her communication to the House on Tuesday said, “I have noted with concern statements made by the Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business in connection to my work. I think that leaders in this country should acknowledge that we cautiously took a decision to go multi-party, which means there are many parties.”
“When I took over office after you elected me, I said I will be speaker for everybody and I want the government to understand that I am,” she added.
She said she was “just bothered” because in the 12 years Prof. Apolo Nsibambi was Prime Minister, he never went to the radio to speak about the Speaker. “So, I want the Government to understand that we should respect one another,” she said.