Brenda Nabukenya, the Luweero district woman MP elect and her supporters have expressed disappointment over the postponement of her swearing in ceremony. Information obtained by Red Pepper shows that, Nabukenya was meant to take oath of office on Tuesday afternoon in the speaker’s chambers at parliament.
According to Nabukenya’s camp, Mathias Nsubuga, the DP secretary general wrote to the speaker Rebecca Kadaga requesting her to schedule her swearing in on Tuesday 10th, which she accepted. As a result, Nabukenya made several radio announcements inviting her supporters to converge at Kasana play ground to welcome her from her swearing in ceremony.
But to her disappointment, Nabukenya received a call from the speaker notifying her that the function had been rescheduled to Tuesday next week. Nabukenya blames the postponement of her swearing in ceremony on the ruling National Resistance Movement.
Mathias Nsubuga, the Bukoto South MP says that he spoke to Kadaga who accepted to preside over Nabukenya’s swearing in but he was surprised to receive information that she rescheduled it at the last hour. He suspects that Kadaga is trying to save President Museveni the embarrassment of sitting in the same house with Nabukenya during the budget reading because he has refused to accept her as the winner of the Luweero MP by-elections.
Nsubuga apologized to Nabukenya’s supporters who turned up to welcome her at Kasana grounds saying DP would organize another function at Wobulenzi town after her swearing. Charles Ssebyala, the Luweero town council LC III chairperson says there have been various attempts to rob Nabukenya of her victory since she was elected. Ssebyala says they have pleaded with people not to stage protests over the delayed swearing in of the MP elect; adding that, should the speaker fail to honor her promise there would be trouble.
Helen Kaweesa, the Public Relations Officer of Parliament explained that Nabukenya couldn’t swear in as a planned since parliament is still on recess. Kaweesa also denied allegations that the Speaker had accepted to preside over Nabukenya’s swearing on Tuesday. She advised her to appear in plenary next week for swearing. Nabukenya garnered 38,582 votes to beat NRM’s Rebecca Nalwanga who polled 22,236 votes.
Ramulah Kadaala and and Faridah Namubiru, both independents shared between them less than 1500 votes.