Kadaga fires at critics over ancestral shrine visit


Kadaga checks on ancestors [Illustration by Cosmas Arinitwe /Daily Monitor]

Speaker of parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has defended her visit to her ancestors’ shrines at Nhyenda Hill, Nakigo Sub-county in Iganga District two days after being declared winner.

In her defense, Ms Kadaga asked “Who doesn’t have an origin? Who doesn’t have where they came from? Those are my roots, I had gone to inform my grandparents that I went through in Parliament; I went through as the Speaker. That is all I had gone to inform them about.”

According to Maj Nantamu, the prime minister of Hon. Kadaga’s clan, she did not go to the hill to perform any acts of sorcery, but was only fulfilling a cultural norm that requires each member of the Baise Igaga Clan to visit the hill at least once a year.

Maj Nantamu explained that when members visit, it is up to them to do what they feel for as long as it does not desecrate the area.

Kadaga last Saturday visited the shrine to offer thanks to her ancestors after she was declared speaker of the 10 parliament.

The 59-year-old Member of Parliament for Kamuli district was on Thursday last week declared speaker after emerging winner of the heated contest in which she was unopposed after her deputy Jacob Oulanyah who was interested in the same seat was asked by President Yoweri Museveni to drop out of the race in her favour.

Kadaga was captured on video in the company of some of the village elders visiting the bushy hill. She was then seen performing some rituals under a rock in what one of the elder described as appeasing the spirits of her ancestors.

Kadaga is one of the longest serving legislators after she was elected to represent Kamuli district women in 1989.

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