Kadaga Defends Decision To Host Parliamentary Summit At Own Hotel

Kadaga Defends Decision To Host Parliamentary Summit At Own Hotel

Uganda’s Speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has defended the decision to convene the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU-IGAD) executive council meeting at her hotel, saying the delegates wanted to see the country-side.

The speaker’s decision to host the meeting in her hotel raised eyebrows with some sections of the media accusing her of conflict of interest.

“We chose to bring you here for three main reasons. First; it was in response to your request. When we were meeting in Addis Ababa in July 2016, it was indicated by our chair, Hon. [Abadula] Gemeda, the Speaker of the national assembly of Ethiopia, that had it not been for a shortage of time his plans was to take us to an upcountry venue rather than the capital. So following that discussion, we have brought you here to a rural part of Uganda”, Kadaga said.

According to local news agency, Uganda Radio Network, the 9th IPU-IGAD Executive Council meeting kicked off Sunday morning at Century Hotel in Kamuli, east of the capital Kampala. The two days meeting has attracted speakers and representatives of parliaments from Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Djibouti, Kenya and Somalia.

Regional security, climate change and human trafficking among other issues continue to dominate the agenda of the ongoing IPU.

While opening the meeting on Sunday, Kadaga who also doubles as the Vice president of the IPU executive council, said the meeting will have to think critically on the security situation in the member states.

“We are meeting at a time when South Sudan and Somalia still miss peace and security; when climate change is devastating our region; when many women and girls are still subjected to cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment and torture under the name of cultural values”, Kadaga observed.