Namuganza was appearing before the committee over her standing battle between her and the speaker, Rebecca Kadaga
State minister for lands Parsis Namuganza breaks down before the committee of Parliament on rules, privileges and discipline that is investigating the row between her and speaker Rebecca Kadaga, at Parliament on March 28, 2018. Photo by Maria Wamala
State minister for lands Persis Namuganza broke down as she testified on Wednesday before the parliamentary rule, privileges and discipline committee.
Namuganza, who is also MP for Bukono County in Namutumba district, revealed she now fears to drink even a glass of water from her own family because of her row with the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga.
“Since the row started, at our own home colleagues, I cannot take water from our own family. She has used people—my own brothers and sisters and given them money to harm me,” Namuganza said, before she broke down and sobbed before MPs.
Namuganza was appearing before the rules committee over her standing battle with the speaker. She accuses the speaker for meddling into the Kyabazinga affairs yet she is not a royal family member.
Namuganza was suspended recently from Busoga Parliamentary group, a loose association of MPs hailing from Busoga region. Busoga MPs asked her to apologize, but she has been unrepentant.
She said no one desires to live a life of conflict. “The lesser the conflict the happier, but we are all politicians, the speaker came in my constituency disorganized it and turned a section of my people against me killing me politically. Therefore, the speaker should apologize to me, the people of Bukono and to Parliament before I apologise to her”
When the legislators queried her public rows with other personalities citing Idah Nantaba, Namuganza responded that, when she came in office, Nantaba publically down played her capabilities.
“She said I cannot handle land matters and I’m not even fit to be an LC1 Chairperson which is not true because I came to Parliament on a direct seat whereas Nantaba came on affirmative action,” Namuganza said.
It is not known whether her appearance at parliament was intended to climb down from her radical stance.